MBDance May 2012: Honoring Our Bodies

Four Upcoming Performances
Don’t miss out!

Dancing While Black: Voices from the Bush at BAAD!

When: Thursday May 17th, 2012
7:00 Panel Begins, 8:00 Performance
Where: 841 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY, 10474
For tickets: Call 718-842-5223

Featuring current and former dancers from Urban Bush Women-Maria Bauman, Marjani Forte, Paloma McGregor and Samantha Speis- who present their own brazen dance works, this is an artist-led initiative that explores many questions surrounding black culture, identity, and art.

Panel discussion at 7:00! PANELISTS: Christal Brown/INSPIRIT dance company; Shalonda Ingram/Nursha Projects; cultural critic Greg Tate; Milta Vega-Cardona/People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby.  Moderated by Shani Jamila/Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Maria will perform Women I know, a contemporary dance solo about pushing away the walls of an encroaching box of prescribed femininity.  The piece includes honest photography of women by BJ Watkins and an original score by Ashley Phillips/APSoul.

the Bronx’s only festival celebrating works by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender artists

When: Friday June 15, 2012
Where: 841 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY 10474
For tickets: Call 718-842-5223

Kendra and Maresa will perform Concerning Proximity.  The piece was described in the New York Times by Claudia La Rocco: “texturally rich in its gestural language, and  beautifully performed by Maresa D’Amore-Morrison and Kendra Ross (how refreshing to see a matter-of-fact depiction of lesbian sexuality).  Daniel José Older’s moody score, ‘En Exilio,’ was well met by these nuanced dance artists.

MBDance & Friends: Sweat Your Truth! at WOW Cafe Theater

When: July 13 & 14, 2012
Where: 59 East 4th Street, Lower East Side

APSoul headlines this gathering of artists sweating out their passion in music, dance, and spoken word.  And MBDance will show an excerpt from our newest piece, Stand!

SummerStage in Marcus Garvey Park

When: August 11, 2012
Where: Marcus Garvey Park, Madison Ave, E. 120 St. E. 124 St.

FREE!Join us for one of New York’s treasures–free outdoor summer concerts.  We are thrilled to be part of New York’s SummerStage Series, and honored to share the evening with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble!

Sweat the Technique!
August 27-30, 2012

Got a body?!

Come one, come all! Maria is thrilled to again lead a modern dance workshop at Peridance this summer.  We will sweat, dig deep, and venture into unexplored dance territory as we challenge and honor our bodies.  This workshop is the perfect remedy for summer coach-potato syndrome and ideal for students looking to get back into dancing shape before the semester commences!

When: August 27th-August 30th, 2012
Where: Peridance Capezio Center International Dance School

126 East 13th Street, NY.
Cost: Single class-$17, Full Workshop-$68
Register here:

Partner with Us!

We are working hard towards upcoming summer performances, but we need your help to accomplish our full creative potential! Please consider making a tax-deductible pledge to MBDance today: bit.ly/IbQ3q6

A $12 donation affords MBDance 1 hour of rehearsal in NYC! With an average of 20 hours of rehearsal per month, we would greatly appreciate your fiscal support!

Your donation can also help facilitate:

  • Composer Commission
  • Costumes
  • Artists Fees
  • Set Design

Thank you for your support–we hope to sweat with you at a nearby dance studio or performance soon!


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