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Miami Dade College to Host The Poetry Project, Part of Miami Dance Festival, April 15

High Tide

Caitlin Daetwyler, Devon Lowery, Ashlee Buckley in "High Tide". PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Clark

Miami, April 3, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will host one of Miami Dance Festival’s key events, The Poetry Project, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

Established by Delma Iles, a professor at MDC and Founder & Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, the Festival is a combined effort of her dance company and other dance companies such as The PGK Dance Project (San Diego, CA). Their combined mission is to move and inspire attendees with newly choreographed performances as well as the classics.

At The Poetry Project, Momentum dancers will invite the audience members to read poems by local poets that are written directly on to their bodies. The dancers’ movements show the audience the sequence of the poems. Poems will be curated by MDC faculty member Michael Hettich. This event is also part of Wolfson’s  Department of Arts and Philosophy and will take place in Room 6100.

 “Our goal is to showcase dance as an accessible art form,” Says Miami Dance Festival Founder Delma Iles. “We hope to inspire and move our festival goers through the movement of our incredibly talented dancers and industry heroes.”

Other events scheduled as part of the Miami Dance Festival include:

April 3 at 6:00 p.m.Family Friendly Pop-Up performance at Midtown Shopping Center by The PGK Dance Project. (Second Avenue at NE 36 Street, Miami) (Free Admission)

April 5 at 8:00 p.m.Momentum Dance Company with Guest Company, The PGK Dance Project. (Byron Carlyle Theater 500 71st Street, Miami Beach) (General Admission / $25 in advance / $30 day of show / $10 Students & Seniors / Group rates available / For advance tickets, visit to www.momentumdance.com or call 305.858.7002)

ABOUT: Momentum Spring Season 2014: Premiere of new works by Delma Iles and Emily Noe. Historic reconstruction of Eleanor King’s To the West. Plus High Tide and Untitled. Guest Artist, MDC Professor Dr. Alan Ngim, piano.

San Diego’s The PGK Dance Project is known worldwide for their stunning, athletic performances, beautifully sculpted, well-crafted works by a variety of commissioned choreographers ranging from Contemporary/Modern, to Dance/Theatre to Contemporary Ballet.  The company’s Miami debut will feature its 6 well trained dancers in new works by Geoffrey Gonzalez (formerly of Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Ballet), Donna Scro’s ‘Butt Rock’ inspired by the driving rock music of Dreamscape Theater ,(formerly of Nikolais/Louis) Kahmla Somphanh’s newest creation built around chaos and paranoia (formerly of ODC/DanceSF), Anjanette Maraya-Ramey's 'NO EXIT' inspired by the writings of Jean Paul Sartre, Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s stunning work ‘Teetering’ (Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Philadelphia/LB), and Peter Kalivas’ ‘Tabla’, a thrilling duet for two men and ‘Stifling’ his signature solo work making its Miami debut performed by Heather Dale Wentworth. (Ailey II, The Jamison Project, Sean Curran Company/NYC, Malashock Dance, SD Ballet).

April 27 at 3:00 p.m.Afternoon of the Phoenix at Performing Art Network (PAN) Grand Re-Opening Celebration. (13146 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami) (Free Admission)

ABOUT: Afternoon of the Phoenix is a collage of performances in Dance, Music and Theatre from some of South Florida’s finest performing artists and companies. Like the legendary Phoenix, this North Miami treasure again rises from the ashes of the fire that virtually destroyed their facilities. As dancers, musicians, actors and mimes entertain and inspire you with samples of their work, food and drink will be provided by some of North Miami’s favorite restaurants.

Dance Now! Ensemble, Momentum Dance Company, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Kuyayky, Harmonic Motion, Children’s African Dance Company, Miami Urban Dance, Tango Axis and Voices United along with individual artists Nina Martin, Lela Lombardo, Pioneer Winter, Lara Tinari, Juan Maria Seller, Effy Polizogopoulus, Amy Deer, Lucian Williams and Eusebio Perez are just a few of the professional artists that have taught, rehearsed and performed at PAN throughout the years. In “Afternoon of the Phoenix”, they contribute their talents and energy to make this day an unforgettable experience of art and culture -- giving students, audiences and artists an exciting glimpse into PAN’s future. 

May 4 at 3:00 p.m.Ritmo y Pasion, a World Premiere Flamenco event.(Performing Arts Network, 13146 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami) (General Admission / $20 in advance / $35 day of show / $10 Students & Seniors / For more information, call 305.899.7730)

ABOUT: Artists from the U.S, Latin America and Spain, led by the world renowned master teacher, choreographer, soloist and Artistic Director Ilisa Rosal, bring to this production the spellbinding and earthy power of Flamenco dance at its best. With its spectacular footwork, precise athleticism and vibrant energy, Flamenco is at once sensual and spiritual, raw and refined, and filled with both restrained passion and electrifying release, making it a powerful and passionate evening. This production will incorporate live music, created and arranged by guitarists El Sivi and Alex Jordan, along with singer Almudena from Spain, in collaboration with company dancers and choreographers. Choreography will include collaboration with legendary flamenco soloist and choreographer, Manolete, Artistic Director of La Chumbera, International Flamenco School in Granada, Spain.  Ritmo y Pasion will delight the audience with pure Flamenco music and dance, in a range of rhythms and styles that will take you through dramatic, soulful, joyous, sensual and passionate moods with powerful vocals, electrifying footwork, and all of the grace and beauty that has made Flamenco so loved by audiences throughout the world. The excitement of authentic Flamenco will have you screaming “ole” and clapping with the rhythm. 

May 6 at 7:00 p.m.Panel Discussion on Dance Criticism with Artburst writers accompanied by informal performances. (Gables Public Library, 3225 Segovia Avenue, Coral Gables) (Free Admission / For more information, call 305.442.8706)

May 7 at 6:45PM Festival Film Night screening of Fame (Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor, Miami Beach) (Tickets: $12, Students & Seniors $10, Cinematheque Members and Miami Dance Festival Contributors $9 / For tickets, call 305.673.4567)

ABOUT: Fame, starring Debbie Allen, tells the story of young performers studying at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. Students from Miami’s own Fame school, New World School of the Arts, will be on hand to talk about their experiences and aspirations.

May 15 at 7:00 p.m.An Evening of Water Ballet  (National Hotel pool deck, 1655 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) (Free Admission / For information, call 305.858.7002)

ABOUT: Etude plus the premiere of a new water ballet.

The Miami Dance Festival is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, SouthArts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Board of County Commissioners, the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, the City of Coral Gables - the City Beautiful, Citizens Interested in Arts, the Thoresen Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Department of Arts and Philosophy,  the Miami Beach Cinematheque, Artz-N-The-Hood, PAN (Performing Arts Network), and the National Hotel.

The 11th edition of Miami Dance Festival runs during the months of April & May 2014. 

About Miami Dance Festival

Created in 2003, Miami Dance Festival celebrates dance as an art form in one of the most dynamic urban centers in the U.S.—beautiful, exciting, stylish and fun loving Miami, Florida. The Festival honors dance traditions and encourages innovation while presenting a diverse palette of dance works and artists in an array of genres and styles. It’s consists of a series of dance events, workshops and seminars with some of the most talented industry leaders. It was established by the Founder & Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, Delma Iles. Momentum Dance Company is one of the oldest and most established contemporary dance companies in the Southeastern U.S. She has produced its performances and programs since 1982. Her background in the arts extends beyond Miami having danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Atlanta Ballet. In New York City, she worked with Rachel Lampert and Stuart Hodes, as well as choreographer Steve Goldbas and stage director Mark Roth. For more information about the festival and Momentum Dance Company, visit www.momentumdance.com.

About The PGK Dance Project

The PGK Dance Project is a critically acclaimed premier dance company based in San Diego under The PGK Project, Inc., a non-profit organization producing a variety of programs and events, outreach that make world class dance performances, training and appreciation affordable, relevant and easily available throughout the County and beyond. Since 2002, their World Class Contemporary Repertory company has been a cultural envoy appointed by the U.S. State Department bureau of culture and education performing locally, nationally and internationally. They have represented American Contemporary Dance in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Central & South America, Australia, Africa and Asia.

About Performing Arts Network (PAN)

PAN is a non-profit coalition of professional performing artists and arts organizations formed in order to facilitate, develop and promote the performing arts and to increase access, involvement and relationships between performing artists and the community. These programs are made possible with the support of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners and The National Endowment for the Arts. Located in North Miami, the PAN studios are available for rentals for all type of performances, parties, events, meetings and rehearsals, as well as video and photo shoots. For a full schedule of classes, special workshops and performances, or information about becoming involved in this exciting organization, visit www. panmiami.org. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.momentumdance.com. For images and more press materials, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MDanceF).

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Miami Dance Festival media contact: Jessica Wade Pfeffer; 305-804-8424; jessica@jessicawadeinc.com




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