Thank you for your generous support of the FILES Arts Project: Dance & Music Workshop 2016. The dance classes and Showcase held at the Historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama were a tremendous success! We were able to offer over 70 students FREE dance classes, choreography exploration, dance history classes and performance opportunities. Furthermore, we were able to offer a FREE Showcase Performance to the general public. The theatre swelled with the enthusiasm of participants, parents, friends and the general public as they were able to view the showcase performance based upon what the students had learned.
The 2016 Workshop holds a special place in our heart, as Kat featured her original choreography during the Showcase. Kat choreographed the work “Nineteen Sixty-Three,” which was originally performed in New York City at The Ailey School. The piece pays tribute through dance to the Civil Rights Movement and the four little girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Kat collaborated with her brother, musician Royce Files, to present “Nineteen Sixty-Three’ to live music. Additionally, fellow dancers Mecca Allah, Chelsea Parron, and Caci Pritchett traveled with Kat from NYC to Birmingham to present this significant work.
Your continued support would be appreciated as we strive to bring dance and music instruction, original dance choreography, and performance opportunities to the youth of the City of Birmingham and eventually to other cities. Thank you for supporting our mission as we make plans for the upcoming 2017 Workshop!
PS: We are in the process of adding photos and video clips to our website, Facebook page and youtube page, so please stay tuned.
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