By Walter Rutledge
The Harlem Arts Alliance presented a special monthly meeting celebrating the Harlem community’s contribution to dance. The forum, which took place on Monday April 4, acknowledged the contributions of women of color to the advancement of the art form. The evening began with an informal meet and greet in the lobby of Aaron Davis Hall, City College.
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The event was more a forum- an evening of artistic awareness that included a panel discussion, an audience O&A and two solo performances by the Elisa Monte Dance Company choreographed by Founder Elisa Monte and newly appointed Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Moderator Kaisha S. Johnson lead a spirited discussion with panelist Sita Frederick, Theresa Ruth Howard, Francine Sheffeld and Marya Wether focusing on; combating artistic stereotypes and marginalization, greater diversity, and the need for community empowerment. Participants and audience members were encouraged to network, collaborate and consolidate their resources to achieve maximum visible and continued sustainability in the new Harlem arts landscape.
Harlem Arts Alliance Honors Women In Dance
Choreographer Diane McIntyre and Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson were also honored. McIntyre has recent created a new work entitled Change for Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 2016 New York season, April 6 through 8 at New York City Center. McIntyre’s Change is the company’s first true exploration of the modern dance idiom.