Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE begins residency at Brooklyn College


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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will host Brooklyn-based organization Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE in a spring residency as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative. Taking place between April 7 – June 23, 2017, the residency will include a Community Caribbean Masterclass on Thursday, May 18 at 6pm and an open rehearsal on Friday, June 2 at 2pm. Both events will be held at the West Quad Center Dance Studio at Brooklyn College. Additionally, Brooklyn Center will host a town hall-style forum on Cultural Appropriation on Thursday, May 4 at 6pm at Woody Tanger Auditorium in the Brooklyn College Library. All three events are free and open to the general public.

Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE (DCC) is an organizing body that facilitates and promotes Caribbean Dance performance and community engagement. Based in Brooklyn, the organization aims to cultivate audiences to appreciate and respond to contemporary dance choreography, cultural practice and performance led by Caribbean artists. DCC’s events are all designed and produced by Lead Artists, who also contribute administratively to the collective’s mission.

Founded in 2014 by Executive Director Candace Thompson, Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE’s signature event is the New Traditions Festival. Held during Caribbean Heritage Month in June, New Traditions is an incubator and performance platform for dance works centered around Caribbean culture that can connect to Caribbean-American and wider audiences through dialogue, workshops, and concert dance. DCC believes in bridging the gap between the generations, between audiences and performers, between tradition and innovation and between the nationalities of the Diaspora.

Candace Thompson, a Trinidad and Tobago native, is a dancer, choreographer and certified fitness professional specializing in personal training and corrective exercise.She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit,Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE.Her dance training is extensive, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, where she received instruction in modern dance and ballet, at La Danse Caraibe under Heather Henderson-Gordon. She is a graduate of Adelphi University's BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department, and has gone on to work in various dance styles including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Modern/Contemporary, Contemporary Floor Technique,Jazz, Soca and West African.

The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI) is an unprecedented model for collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) — the nation’s largest public urban university system — and the NYC dance field. A residency program that opens the doors of CUNY campuses to professional choreographers and dance companies, CDI supports local artists, enhances the cultural life and education of college students, and builds new dance audiences at CUNY performing arts centers. Since its official launch in 2014, CDI has subsidized and facilitated a total of 67 residencies – from emerging choreographers to established dance companies – at 12 CUNY colleges in all five boroughs.

The CUNY Dance Initiative receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Showcase and panel discussion: Thursday, May 4 at 6pm
Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library, 1st floor
Community Caribbean Masterclass: Thursday, May 18 at 6pm
Informal showing/open rehearsal: June 2 at 2pm
West Quad Building, Room 205
More info at 718-951-4600

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Major support for the 2016-17 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.


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