Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates the 15th Anniversary of DanceAfrica with a virtual cultural tradition to touch your soul. Washington, D.C. based Step Afrika! will make you move with the African American art of Stepping and Dallas’ Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble will be featured as guest artists alongside DBDT, DBDT: Encore!, and DBDT academy ensembles. Dozens of dancers will be joined virtually by the award-winning DeSoto High School A Cappella Choir singing melodic and inspiring songs that capture the spirit of the African tradition.
Step Afrika! performed in Dallas during the 2018 DanceAfrica series for two sold-out shows. DFW area residents who could not get a seat to the performance in 2018 will now have the opportunity to experience a virtual performance. Step Afrika! Founder and Executive Director C. Brian Williams learned to step as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Howard University in 1989. After living in Africa, he began to research stepping and discovered it draws movements from African dances.
Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble spreads its mission throughout the DFW metroplex to foster a greater understanding and respect for African and African Diaspora related music, dance and culture. A special treat will include performances by the DanceAfrica Elders and a Dallas Black Dance Theatre Choir.
DANCEAFRICA VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Saturday, October 10, 2020 Virtual Performance starts at 7:00 pm CDT/ 8:00 pm EST $30 per household.
DANCEAFRICA VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE
The annual outdoor DanceAfrica Marketplace and Festival will become a DanceAfrica Virtual Marketplace, October 1 through October 31, 2020. The vendors that used to have booths lined up outside in Annette Strauss Square, will now have virtual space on the Dallas Black Dance Theatre website. People will be able to connect to vendor online stores directly from the DBDT website.
For details on becoming a virtual marketplace vendor visit https://dbdt.com/donations/danceafrica-vendor-application/
DANCEAFRICA ONLINE ART CONTEST
In lieu of the annual outdoor festival with arts and crafts stations for children, the virtual DanceAfrica is hosting an online African inspired KUUMBA (creativity) art contest. There will be three levels for kids, teens and adults. The three winners will receive a free link to the DanceAfrica performance and their artwork will be unveiled during the live virtual Saturday night performance, October 10, 2020.
For contest details visit http://dbdt.com/season-calendar/danceafrica-art-contest/
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