A dance studio in Montgomery County, Md., Uses movement and the arts to educate and celebrate during Black History Month.
A Maryland dance studio uses movement and the arts to educate and celebrate during Black History Month.
Have you always wanted to try classical, African or jazz dance?
The Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring offers Free, low-cost virtual dance classes with a focus on history and education for Black History Month.
This is its second annual event and the virtual options have expanded this year.
And no worries if you are not a dancer: there are courses for beginners as well as for confirmed artists.
“The Maryland Youth Ballet has released a comprehensive and robust program for Black History Month and offers virtual lessons, live Zoom roundtables, virtual concerts and more for a full month, including many low-cost class offers, ”said Pascha Barnwell, Maryland Youth Ballet’s 2021 Black History Month coordinator.
Ballet, West African dance and initiation to choreography are among the courses offered this week.
There is also On-demand viewing of the documentary Black Ballerina which is available online for the rest of February at no cost.
Two short videos featuring current and past Maryland Youth Ballet students discussing their experiences as dancers of color are also available to stream throughout the month.
The Maryland Youth Ballet has a “Blacks in Dance Directory” which serves as a compilation of biographies and video footage of dancers, choreographers and dance companies of color.
He said the resource will continue to be updated and become an ongoing part of the studio’s outreach efforts.
Black History Month celebration ends with free virtual concert Friday through Sunday featuring dancers and schools from across the United States
Area schools and participating dance companies include the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute in DC, the New School Ballet and Morton Street Dance in Baltimore, the Girls of the Baobab in Upper Marlboro, and the University of Maryland College Park.
National companies include the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and dawsondancesf in San Francisco and the Putty Dance Project in Philadelphia.
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