Feb. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - More than 100 students from the DREAM after-school program of CityDance will perform at halftime on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the No. 14-ranked Georgetown men's basketball team hosts South Florida at Verizon Center. Tipoff for the game, which will be shown live on ESPNU and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM, is slated for 11 a.m.
Founded 15 years ago, CityDance provides arts education, professional dance training and performances throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., where its Conservatory trains young dancers for professional careers; the Center at D.C. Dance Collective; The Madeira School in McLean, Va., as well as many other area public, private and Charter Schools.
"We're very happy to have the students from CityDance perform at our game," Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Dan O'Neil said. "Our University and athletics department is invested in our community and this is just part of that outreach. We are pleased to partner with them."
CityDance's community programs, located at 17 sites across the region, provide free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to more than 15,000 students a year in the region's most under-resourced neighborhoods and schools. In November 2011, CityDance opened the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore and welcomed Christopher K. Morgan and Artists as its inaugural resident professional dance company. CityDance was the 2010 winner of the D.C. Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.
"We're thrilled to perform at the Georgetown game," Kelli Quinn, CityDance's Community Programs Director, said. "It not only gives our DREAM students the opportunity to show their stuff during half-time, but even more importantly it offers us the chance to talk about higher education and illustrate to them what a college community feels like - the band, the students, the whole experience. It's exactly the kind of experience we try to facilitate, showing them how hard work and dreams can take you places."
This is CityDance's first time performing at a Georgetown University halftime show. The students will perform a four-minute piece that was choreographed by local D.C. Hip Hop artist and choreographer, Aysha Upchurch.
The performance will be a highlight of the year-round DREAM program, which uses dance as a vehicle to teach self-empowerment and civic engagement to elementary and middle school students. Focusing on children in underserved communities in Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, the DREAM program spends months preparing its students for the incredible opportunity of performing on the Verizon Center's court.
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