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DANCING TO THE TOP!

Greer ReedThe August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (AWCDE) is breaking new ground and becoming a household name all over the country. After being a featured artist for the SummerStage Series in July 2011, AWCDE starts its second season.


What better way to begin a dance season than with world renowned choreographer Sidra Bell.  Captivating, edgy, and creative Sidra is the new avant garde trend setter of dance works. The AWCDE welcomed Sidra with open arms really diving into her creative process and being open to new ideas. Each company member was forced to go outside their box and explore a world of dance that is completely fearless, both mentally and physically. Exposing the company to find its vulnerable side, Sidra pushed the dancers to find new ways of experimenting and creating throughout the piece. The work will be performed for The Dynamic Women of Dance performance March 9-10. Below is a link to see the company in action during the creative process. http://vimeo.com/28637837


AWCDE took on another amazing female choreographer Kiesha Lalama. From film to live theatre work, Kiesha is at the top of her game in the dance world.  The piece entitled “Torque” confronts the social and economic issues of today’s society. The company took on the challenge and captivates the audience with their rawness and strength. This piece will inspire and influence change to make a difference. “Torque” will also be performed for the Dynamic Women of Dance performance.


So you Think They Can’t Dance? Well Elisa Sanders and Michael Bagne surely can.  The AWCDE took on the challenge to strut their stuff with some of  Pittsburgh’s influential  leaders. The August Wilson Center’s annual fundraiser was a success and one that is enjoyable to watch every year. Winning the choreography award was Emmai Alaquiva and Ashley Kostelnik.


The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble worked hard getting ready to share the stage with Alvin Ailey 2, Rennie Harris PureMovement, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Deeply Rooted for the Black Dance Festival November 4-6.  AWCDE performed “Regality” by Darrell Grand Moultrie and “Function” by Kyle Abraham.

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