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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 12, 2007

Media invited to cover Ailey dance classes for school children

Friday (April 13)
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center Gymnasium
750 South Merritt Mill Road
Chapel Hill

Carolina Performing Arts of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools invite media representatives to cover dance master classes for 160 local middle school students, taught by dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Arts in Education Program.

Reporters and photographers will need to check in at the receptionist’s desk for access to the gymnasium.
 
The classes will mark the final day of a week-long residency in the schools by the program, an educational arm of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre company. The company is in town for two public performances and a student matinee this week in UNC’s Memorial Hall.

Now in its seventh year, the program is committed to bringing dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people throughout the world. It is designed to promote student learning by engaging analytic and creative thinking skills while introducing students to the work and mission of the late Alvin Ailey, dancer, choreographer and company founder. 

This week’s residency, “Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” is a curriculum-based educational program that allows teachers and students to examine Alvin Ailey’s signature dance, “Revelations,” through social, cultural, historical and aesthetic lenses, connecting it to subjects including language arts, history and social studies. 

The residency included a professional development workshop for middle school teachers and six student master classes.
 
Sponsored nationally by Morgan Stanley, the residency is being offered in only seven U.S. cities. The others are Oakland, Calif; Memphis, Tenn; Jackson, Miss; Chicago; Boston and Newark, N.J.

For more information about the performances at UNC, visit http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org. The Ailey company’s Web site is http://www.alvinailey.org.

Carolina Performing Arts contacts: Don Smith, (919) 843-3119, don_smith@unc.edu; Mark Steffen, (919) 843-7776, msteffen@email.unc.edu
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools:  Stephanie Knott, (919) 967-8211, ext. 277, sknott@chccs.k12.nc.us
News Services contact: L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589