Juneteenth - A Celebration Through Dance
May 31, 2016 08:45PM
● By Becky Coburn
The brainchild of Tonya Marie Amos, owner of award winning Aspire Pilates Center in Concord, Grown Women Dance Collective uses dance to build community bridges. Tonya leverages her many years as a New York professional dancer to assemble a cast of heavy hitting, internationally respected dancers and musicians to celebrate dance, music & American history. These awe inspiring performances celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States with a powerhouse lineup of tributes to fallen musical artists whose contributions will impact us for many generations. Over 45 cultural icons, including Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg, Michael Jackson, Maya Angelou & Prince are celebrated with beautifully crafted pieces danced by former soloists of major New York dance companies and Broadway shows.
Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of African American liberation from slavery. The tradition dates back to June 19th, 1865, when Union soldiers informed enslaved people in Texas, two and a half years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, that slavery had "ended." Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and encourages self-development and respect for all cultures.
Through the power of dancers in their 40's & 50's, this uplifting, inspiring, can't sit still in your seat celebration of who we are as Americans will have you singing to yourself for weeks. The concert is outrageously fun, educational, and perfect for the entire family.
Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance is presented at the Oakland Impact Hub at 2323 Broadway, on Saturday, June 25, at 2pm & 8pm. To purchase tickets, go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or call (800) 838-3006. For more info, visit www.GrownWomenDance.org or call (925) 680-4400.
Photo: Dancer, Christina Gonzales Sanchez; Photo by Femi Corazon
Grown Women Dance Collective was founded in 2009 to provide a positive and nurturing environment for mature, female dancers to create beautiful work that is relevant and accessible to diverse audiences. GWDC creates cross-cultural, cross-generational bridges through the arts, introduces concert dance to new audiences and underserved communities, and challenges the stereotypes of aging. Grown Women Dance Collective is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 Dancers Group.