Black Dance Festival DMV 2019

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See You. See Us.

See You. See Us.

See You. See Us.

Oct 27th, 2019 - Nov 10th, 2019 Welcome to Black Dance Festival DMV, the D.C. area’s first festival dedicated to the region’s visibility of Black and Black-Led Organizations.


Dance represents the smallest sector receiving public funding in Washington, DC. Additionally, professional DC Black dance companies (and activity) has greatly declined since their founding in 1932. With Mayor Bowser, erecting D.C. as a cultural city, we need to do our part to preserve and celebrate the voices of Black directors, choreographers, and dance artists. Black Dance Festival: DMV (founded in 2019) brings a platform for African-American directors, choreographers, and dancers to perform, share, and celebrate their work and add to Washington, DC’s creative economy; focused on its mission of providing annual programming focused on developing and presenting Black-Managed and Black dance companies. We welcome you to view a performance of a Black choreographer, participate in a class, or just check out a new dance organization. Shawn Short, MFA Producer

Shawn Short, MFA Producer

Cover Image: Jasmine C. Rutherford, Moyston Henry Jr. Current Image: Daniel Artis Š Shawn Short Photography

Damon Foster in rehearsal (Circa 2015). Courtesy of Dissonance Dance Theatre


Choreographers Pg. 6

Performances Pg. 7

Community & Masterclasses Pg. 10


Rachel Appold

Kevin McEwen

Torens Johnson

Kameron N. Saunders


Kareem B. Goodwin

Shawn Rawls

Shawn Short


Dissonance Dance Theatre

October 26th, 2019 Showtime: 7:30pm Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Ticket Prices: Regular – $30.00 Senior Citizen – $25.00 Non-UMD Student – $15.00 UMD Student & Youth – $10.00 $5 off General Admission Code: Fall2019 Purchase tickets @ D.C. area’s only Black-managed contemporary ballet Dissonance Dance Theatre presents a mixed-bill evening of dance ranging from classical to contemporary dance, Fall Forward 2019 features world-premiere of African-American Choreographer Shawn Short’s Paparazzi, SJ Suite, and DDT favorites Silo, Twitch, Gospel Suite; performances by The Ngoma School students.


Nov 2nd, 3rd, and 9th, 2019 Sample Me Some – Black Dance Festival Jack Guidone Theatre, JOMDC 5207 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 Ticket Prices: Online – $10 Door – $20 Purchase tickets @ *Discounted tickets are being provided, in part, through funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Experience a dance concert experience that provides a small sample of choreographic bliss provided by entertaining Black choreographers. Sample Me Some is a great way to become informed of new and emerging Black dance artists.

Dissonance Dance Theatre 8.

Nov 2, 2019 – Afro & Funk A mixed-bill evening of dance featuring the choreographic works of Kareem B. Goodwin, Kevin McEwen, Shawn Rawls, and Shawn Short. This performance is centered around dance fused africanistic/Black movement styles. Works include: Bitter Blood, Testimony, Rise, Micci, Crossroads, SJ Suite, and Shade. Nov 3, 2019 – Modern Perception A mixed-bill evening of dance featuring the choreographic works of Rachel Appold, Torens Johnson, and Shawn Short. This performance is themed around dances artistically revamping classic dance styles through storytelling and exploration. Works include: Bedtime Stories, Dream, Focus, Walk With Me, and Silo. Nov 9, 2019 – Lines & More Lines Dissonance Dance Theatre closing festival with an evening of choreographic works of Shawn Short and Kameron N. Saunders. Black choreographers give an exciting, and different, perspective to classical ballet and modern dance in this evening performance. Works include: Seize, Beauty Only Knocks Once, Unsettled, Vice, Vision Vs Reality, and Gospel Suite. *Programming is subject to change without notice. Check website for current programming.


Community Masterclasses Community Classes Washington Ballet @THEARC TWSB SE is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20020. Wednesday 7:30-8:45pm Adult Beginner Ballet I Mr. Damien Johnson Thursday 7:30-8:30pm Adult Barre Fitness Mrs. DeMoya Watson Brown Saturday 8:00-9:00am Adult Zumba Mrs. Rebekah House Regular Drop-in Cost: $14 ($7 for Ward 7&8 residents w/ valid ID) ($2 off if you mention Black Dance Festival)


Masterclasses The Clarice Dance Dept Studios 8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742 Friday Nov 1st, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM African - Kevin McEwen Preinkert Field House, Top Floor – Dance Studio 7480 Preinkert Drive, Univ of MD College Park College Park, MD, 20742. Sunday Nov 10th, 2019 Sunday 11:00 - 12:30pm Men’s Ballet (Adult/Youth) Beginning/Intermediate - Shawn Short 1:00 - 2:30pm Open Ballet Class (Adult/Youth) Beginning/Intermediate - Shawn Short 3:30 - 5:30pm Modern (Adult/Youth) Beginning/Intermediate - Kareem B. Goodwin

Classes are free with an online registration! *Programming is subject to change without notice. Check website for current programming.


Dissonance Dance Theatre

Black Dance Festival DMV is a program of Ngoma Center for Dance.

Thank you DC Commission on Arts and Humanities Univ of MD - School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies Washington Ballet@THEARC Participating Dance Companies Dissonance Dance Theatre, Emotions Physical Theatre, Kafago Dance Company, Rachel Appold Dance

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