- April 9, 2013
-- (CHICAGO) -- For the first time Chicago State University (http://www.csu.edu)’
s College of Education, Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation will host the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange (BCDE), (http://www.blackcollegedanceexchange.org)
from April 11-14, on the campus at 9501 S. King Drive. The BCDE, founded in 1982, is an annual conference established among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide opportunities for dancers from predominantly Black College/University dance companies and HBCUs to come together for learning, social, and performing experiences. Over 100 students from 10 national universities are expected to take part in this annual event.
In addition to Master classes there will be a student concert on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 pm featuring participating universities:
Chicago State University; Columbia College; Coppin State University; Grambling State University; Middle Tennessee State University; Morgan State University;
Norfolk State University; North Carolina State University; Prairie View A&M University; Texas Southern University; and Dancers Array ‘N Christian Evangelism. Also scheduled to appear are Intrigue Dance Company
under the direction of Pia Hamilton and the CSU Junior Dance Team
under the direction of Jeena Bradley. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students with a school ID.
The professional dance concert takes place on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 pm and features: Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago; Joel Hall Dancers; Duwane Pendarvis; and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Emerging Artist Ensemble. Tickets are $25 general admission for all. Both concerts will take place in the Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center (JCC) on the campus of Chicago State University.
Among the dance professionals serving as instructors for this year’s event are Joel Hall and Duwane Pendarvis from Joel Hall Dancers
; Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Nicole Springer, Florence-Walker Harris, Tracey Franklin, and Kathleen Turner from Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
; Amaniyea Payne from Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago
; Pierre Lockett from Joffrey Ballet
; Homer Bryant from The Bryant School of Ballet/Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center;
Dereque Whiturs from Dallas Black Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey Repertory, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
; Kenneth Epting from Exclamation Dance Company; Lena Hayden from Dance2xs Caliente; Tehran Dixon from Chicago Dance Crash; Tre Dumas III, and Star Dixon from Madd Rhythms
; Vanessa Coles, Associate Professor/Dance Director at Coppin State University; and Debra J. Nelson , Associate Professor/Dance Director at Chicago State University.
Tickets will be available at the CSU’s Cashier’s Office in the Administration Building or at the Jones Convocation Center box office one hour prior to the event. For more information, call: 773-995-2290.