Renowned Broadway, Ailey Dancers to Perform at That Which Connects:Camden's Festival of Dance Aug 18

 
 
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CAMDEN, N.J. - Aug. 10, 2018 - PRLog -- A showcase of a dozen dynamic dance companies and artists opens on August 18th for the 3rd season of That Which Connects, Camden's Festival of Dance and Summer Intensive at Rutgers University's Walter K. Gordon Theatre.  The dance festival also includes a five-day dance intensive of technical training and rehearsals from August 13-17, open to pre-professional dancers ages 13 to young adults in college.

This year's festival brings together dance works produced by faculty and guest artists / dance companies, including performances by resident dance company, Introspective Movement Project. Says Sonia Pennington, the Executive Director, "What will be so phenomenal this year about THAT WHICH CONNECTS is it's incredibly diverse performances.  There is a piece for every palate, a true celebration of the diversity in the dance community." There are several returning performers from last year and a number of new companies from New York, Philly, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.  Performers include 10 Hairy Legs, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Black Boys Dance Too, Putty Dance and Ballet Inc.  "Lovers of dance are not always given a full "menu" of choices and rather have to pick to go see a ballet or broadway show or a contemporary company. Rarely are they able to come to one performance and see such an amazing range of diverse styles at such a professional level... tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary all on one stage!", says Pennington.  For the full list of performers, visit the website at http://www.thatwhichconnectscamden.com/festival.

The summer intensive faculty include Christopher Figaro Jackson, former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; current faculty of the Ailey School, former Philadanco dancer Jay Stanton; former Miss New Jersey and Rutgers alumna Vanessa Baker; Rutgers alumnae Alana Donato, Gina Montalto, and Camille Moten, who instructs at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  Students interested in being a part of the summer intensive can send an email to thatwhichconnectscamden@gmail.com.  Scholarships are available.

In regards to the festival, Pennington states, "THAT WHICH CONNECTS truly has a little something for everyone's taste... an hour and half trip to dance heaven!"  General admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets to the performances on Saturday, August 18th can be purchased on the website http://www.thatwhichconnectscamden.com or on Eventbrite: Camden's Festival of Dance.

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About That Which Connects (TWC)

That Which Connects is a non-profit company providing a platform to create an opportunity for established and emerging dancers/dance companies in the City of Camden and Delaware Valley to present their works, while bolstering the strong arts community in Camden.  TWC debuted in December of 2015 under the creative direction of Sonia Pennington, with two stellar performances, over 8 companies performing, and hundreds of art enthusiasts in attendance. It also serves as an annual destination for artists, students and audiences to engage in performing arts and provide access to a wide spectrum of dance and movement disciplines.

About Introspective Movement Project

Introspective Movement Project (https://www.introspectivemovementproject.com/)is a contemporary jazz dance company in its fifth touring season, under the artistic direction of Executive Director Sonia James Pennington. Sonia, who is also an attorney, is an accomplished dancer and choreographer and is looking forward to  to serve in a leadership capacity as a newly elected board member of Dance New Jersey this upcoming year. She lives in Voorhees, NJ with her husband Damon Pennington and their two children.

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