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NCCU News: Modern Dance Company Philadanco Comes to NCCU

Photo courtesy of Richard Finklestein

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

The North Carolina Central University Lyceum Series will welcome Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company, on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. A pre-performance talk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1970 by dancer Joan Myers Brown to provide opportunities for African-American dancers who were systematically denied entrance in many dance schools, Philadanco is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominately African- American traditions in dance. The dance company has come to be known for artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.

Based in West Philadelphia, Philadanco is said to be one of the nation's most innovative and successful dance training programs. The dancers are often described in terms such as “a miracle of skill and energy,” “fascinating and thrilling” and praised for their “blazing physicality.” Their mission includes breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides while empowering youth with crucial leadership and development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.

The dancers will also offer a master class for NCCU students at noon on Nov. 29 in the Walker Complex Dance Studio. For more information, contact University College at 919-530-6932 or

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