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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dance Place's Dance Africa, DC 2011 is coming!


Dance Place is looking forward to our annual DanceAfrica, DC festival from May 30-June 5 and I thought it might be of interest for you to post on your blog. Dance Place is located just a few blocks from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop – very close to your neighborhood! Below is some quick information on the festival, I have also attached a longer press release and a photo you can use. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions and I appreciate you spreading the word about this community event.

Dance Africa, DC 2011 is coming!

May 30-June 5

Join Dance Place for our 24th Annual Festival of Dance and Music of the African Diaspora. Hosted by Griot Chuck Davis with special guests Santiago de Cuba-based Ballet Folklórico Cutumba.
For tickets and the full schedule of events, visit or call (202) 269-1600


KanKouran West African Dance Company
Farafina Kan
Sankofa Dance Theater
Ezibu Muntu
Coyaba Dance Theater

May 30-June 5
Drop in for only $15!

Mini Africa-style Marketplace, Noon to Sunset
Pre-performance outdoor dance demonstrations and FREE open classes


2pm Matinee performances
5pm Village Celebration
8pm Evening performances


Carolyn Kamrath
Director of Press and Marketing

Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone (202) 269-1600 x16 Fax (202) 269-4103

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May 9, 2011

24th Annual DanceAfrica, DC

Features Masters of Cuban Dance and Music from Santiago, Cuba Dance Place continues our presentation of world-class dance with the 24th annual DanceAfrica, DC and the Washington, DC premiere of internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico Cutumba. Straight from the Sí Cuba! Festival in New York, Dance Place joins major presenters such as Carnegie Hall, The Joyce Theater and Symphony Space in presenting a rich blend of Cuba’s best performing companies including Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica celebration.

Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, founded in the city of Santiago de Cuba in 1960, will be the featured
performers at Dance Place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 during the 2:00pm and 8:00pm
concerts alongside the following dynamic companies: Coyaba Dance Theater, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Farafina Kan and Ezibu Muntu. Cutumba’s 25-member company is dedicated to the research and professional performance of traditional Afro-Cuban dance, music, and song originating in the Oriente region of Cuba. Their work recreates key elements at the heart of Afro-Cuban identity while adding the company’s own fresh interpretation through theatricality and costume design.

DanceAfrica, DC will be held May 30 - June 5, 2011 and includes master classes and performances with the best African dance companies in the DC metro area, an African marketplace and free outdoor

For a complete schedule of classes and performances, visit

Participating artists include: Griot Baba Chuck Davis, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, KanKouran West African
Dance Company, Farafina Kan, Sankofa Dance Theater, Ezibu Muntu, DC Casineros and Coyaba Dance.
DanceAfrica, DC is a mainstay of Washington, DC’s summer lineup of events and is a vital and popular part of Dance Place’s educational and cultural programming. The festival promotes cultural inclusion, inspires artistic collaboration and growth, enhances community cohesiveness, and generates audience interest and enthusiasm for the performing arts and an understanding of the African experience.

Since 1987, Dance Place has hosted the celebration in collaboration with DanceAfrica visionary Chuck Davis. Before that, Dance Place acted as the national coordinator to DanceAfrica, USA from 1990-1994.

DanceAfrica, DC is the second largest celebration of African performing arts in the United States. This year Dance Place anticipates hosting over 2,000 people with the positive message of community building and the richness of African culture through classes and performances.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Giant Food, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Marpat Foundation and the many foundations & individuals that support Dance Place and our NEXTgeneration programs. Presented in partnership with BAM: The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Media Sponsor: The Washington Informer.

Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE 20017; Two blocks from Redline
Brookland/CUA Metro stop

$20 in advance by 5pm Friday, June 3
$25 after 5pm Friday, June 3
$10 ages 17 and under

*As part of our Family Series, reserve 1 FREE ticket for a child 12 and under with each paying adult.

$5 General Admission; Free for children

$25 in advance by 5pm Friday, June 3
$30 after 5pm Friday, June 3
$10 ages 17 and under

To purchase tickets, call 202-269-1600 or visit
About Dance Place:

DC Wheel Productions, Inc. maintains its permanent arts center, Dance Place, which is the home base for its
presentations, dance school and programs for youth. Dance Place was founded in 1978 as an educational and performing arts company, which performed in the public schools throughout the greater DC metropolitan area.

The mission of Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions, Inc. is to transform lives through performing arts and creative education programs that inspire personal growth, professional success, physical wellness and community engagement. The goals of the organization include operating a permanent arts center for live performances, classes and youth programs and serving diverse populations through a wide variety of truly affordable and free programs. Dance Place engages in community building and revitalization through partnerships with local schools and community organizations.

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