CityDance, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities & Rasta Thomas Present The Dream Celebration on May 4th & 5th

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CITYDANCE, THE DC COMMISSION ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
RASTA THOMAS PRESENT THE DREAM CELEBRATION
AT WASHINGTON’S HISTORIC LINCOLN THEATRE

Proceeds to Support the CityDance DREAM Program for Underserved Youth

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CityDance and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with renowned dancer and producer Rasta Thomas, will present the CityDance DREAM Celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7p m and Sunday, May 5th at 4 pm at Washington, DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street.

The concert will feature performances by some of the country’s top ballet and contemporary companies including Lar Lubovitch, Philadanco, Bad Boys of Dance, Ballet X, Clifton Brown, Michaela DePrince, Dorrance Dance, Orlando Ballet, Cartier Williams, Joseph Phillips, and more.

There will also be special appearances by CityDance Conservatory and students from the CityDance DREAM program.

The proceeds from the event will support CityDance’s after-school DREAM program, a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, in-school arts learning and summer camps to the region’s most underserved neighborhoods.

For VIP guests, Saturday’s gala performance will be followed by a dance party and mingling with the artists at Lost Society, a nightclub on the U Street corridor.

CityDance, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Present:
Rasta Thomas and friends
Sat., May 4, 2013 7pm
Sun., May 5, 2013 4pm
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
TICKETS are $20, $35 for general tickets
$150 VIP (Saturday night only) Tickets sold online at www.citydance.net.

About CityDance

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Since 1996, CityDance has brought dance to the nation’s capital by reaching out to the community, into the studio and onto the professional stage. CityDance’s Community Programs, offered at over 30 community-based sites in the region’s most under-resourced neighborhoods, provide free performances to over 5,000 students each year; in-school and after-school programs to 750 students every week; and camps to over 400 students every summer. The CityDance School and Conservatory, located at The Music Center at Strathmore provides dance training to over 450 students every week and prepares its Conservatory students for professional dance careers.

CityDance OnStage brings highly acclaimed national and international companies to the region’s most prestigious performance venues; enables emerging choreographers, local and beyond, to create and perform original work in the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore and other small area venues; and provides an unparalleled opportunity for CityDance’s students – from our community programs to our pre-professional programs – to work with and perform alongside professionals artists.

About The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Rasta Thomas

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Rasta Thomas received early acclaim as a dance superstar by winning the Special Jury Prize at the Paris International Dance Competition, the Gold Medal in the Junior Men’s Division at the Varna International Ballet Competition, and the Gold Medal in the Senior Men’s Division at the USA IBC in Jackson, Mississippi. Rasta was the first American to become a member of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has danced with over 20 companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and American Ballet Theater. In 2005, Rasta starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s hit musical, Movin’ Out. In 2007, Rasta founded his own company Bad Boys of Dance which has toured all around the world to sold-out performances.