by Lauren Somers
In celebration of Black History Month, Montgomery County Community College welcomes the prestigious August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble to the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, with a daytime performance geared toward school-age children and families on Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. and an evening performance on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening performance cost $28 for general admission and $12 for children under age 12, with $5 tickets for all ages available for the daytime performance. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and information.
Based in Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the Ensemble celebrates the African diaspora while keeping black dance traditions alive. It has been praised by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for “displaying stylistic versatility and extraordinary elan” and hailed by DANCE magazine as one of 2012’s “25 to Watch.”
The Ensemble is led by artistic director Greer Reed, a native of Pittsburgh who returned to her roots after stints with the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Reed works with renowned choreographers and a select group of dance artists to bring the multicultural dance community together in a professional, educational environment. With a repertoire that features a variety of works by Antonio Brown, Crystal Frazier, Terrence Greene, Christopher Huggins, Pearlann Porter and Reed herself, the Ensemble is fast becoming one of the premier contemporary dance companies in the country.
The daytime performance on Feb. 21 is part of the College’s Young Arts Explorers series, with both performances made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. The next dance performance in this year’s Lively Arts season at the College will be Ballet Hispanico on March 7-8.
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