On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Pieces of a Dream, Inc. Executive & Artistic Director Ashley SK Davis was honored by the State of Delaware Senate. The members of the Senate passed a resolution commending Davis for her on-going commitment to the arts and congratulating her for her work with Pieces of a Dream, Inc. The Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Bethany Hall-Long and co-sponsored by Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Sen. Harris McDowell, and Sen. Bob Marshall. During the commentary before the chamber voted to pass the Resolution, several Senators spoke favorably about Ms. Davis, including Sen. Karen E. Peterson, who offered a funny story about Ashley as a toddler accompanying her mother in her work in the courtroom. We are incredibly proud of our EAD Ashley SK Davis, and honored to receive this recognition.
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. has just concluded in four-part 2nd annual Summer Modern Series. This year's workshop featured master classes in each of the four major modern genres: Dunham, Horton, Graham, and, newly-added, Limon.
The summer kicked off with a high-energy workout in the Dunham technique with certified instructor Saroya Corbett. In addition to the traditional floor and barre work that is a foundation of Katherine Dunham's technique, Ms. Corbett also led the dancers through an energetic series of across the floor exercises, emphasizing the poly-rhymthic and poly-centered work that is common in the West Indian cultures that influenced Ms. Dunham in her choreography.
Part two of the Summer Modern Series focused on the Horton technique with Roberto Rodreguiez-Garcia. Mr. Rodreguiez-Garcia, founding member of the Mambo Kings and former principal dancer with Eleone Dance Theatre, taught two groups of dancers the essential components of this technique, created by Lester Horton and made famous by Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade. This workshops focused on the straight lines and grounded movements that comprise the Horton technique.
Part three of the SMS was a double-header of Martha Graham and Jose Limon techniques. Ashley Brown led the dancers through the Graham class, complete with spirals and contractions. Durell R. Comedy taught the Limon workshop, emphasizing the breath and release that are essential to performing the Limon choreography. During the hour lunch-break, Ms. Brown and Mr. Comedy shared their experiences as dance professionals, including their pursuits in collegiate study, dance performance, and instruction.
If you missed this year's intensive, you MUST make sure you attend the Summer Modern Series 2016. Save the date: Registration will open in May 2016. See you in the studio!
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. guests had a great time at the BBC Grille & Tavern for our Dining and Bartending Fundraiser! Volunteers from POAD's Board of Directors, Dream Dance Theatre, and Volunteer Corps all worked together to pour the drinks and raise money for Pieces of a Dream, Inc.'s programs. Thanks to their hard work and your donations, we raised over $1,000 to continue to bring meaningful and socially-relevant modern dance choreography to Delaware and the surrounding areas. If you couldn't make it to the restaurant, but would still like to contribute, you can donate on our website or send your donation to our mailing address.
Pieces of a Dream, Inc.
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Ashley SK Davis and Pieces of a Dream, Inc. P*D2 members visited the students at Shortlidge Academy to provide a fun day of dance. Ms. Keturah and Ms. Jasmine assisted POAD Artistic Director Ashley SK Davis in teaching the basics of a modern dance class including a traditional warm-up and traveling movements, such as grand battments (kicks) and chasses (gallops). Select students in each grade had the opportunity to dance alongside the professionals from the company and receive help from Ms. Davis. After the demo class, Jasmine and Keturah performed P*D2 perennial favorite "Change Gonna Come." The workshop ended with a high-energy dance to Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" that got all of the students and most of the teachers up and dancing! What a great workout! Thank you, Shortlidge :-)
(Pssst....Are you a teacher or administrator who would like to bring Pieces of a Dream, Inc. to your school for a workshop or performance? We are available for special events and assemblies. CONTACT US to schedule your special school event.)
Members of Pieces of a Dream, Inc. are BUSY! We have expanded our school-year residency program to include several existing summer camps at locations throughout New Castle County. The students, who range in age from 3 up through 14, receive regular instruction in modern dance techniques. The classes focus on aerobic movement and artistic self-expression. Many of the sessions will culminate with a final performance at the end of the summer. This summer's classes are based out of the Latin American Community Center, Serviam Girls Academy, Police Athletic League Wilmington, and Harvest Christian Academy. If you are interested in having Pieces of a Dream, Inc. conduct modern dance training for your su
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. is honored to participate in Wilmington's "Summer in the Parks" ! This new program is a joint effort between the City of Wilmington and the Grand Opera House. The POAD performance was the official kick-off of the event, featuring a press conference with Mayor Dennis P. Williams and officials from the Grand Opera House, Parks and Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. On the morning of June 25, dancers from Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre and P*D2 led the students at Elbert-Palmer Elementary School in a fun modern dance class with lots of aerobic activity. After the class, the kids took a break and enjoyed a performance by the dance company. The Tuesday morning performance was just the beginning of the summer's events. The eight-week program will feature over 75 events, held at nine parks around the city. “Summer in the Parks brings arts and cultural into our City’s neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor Williams. “Our partnership with The Grand represents
the City’s commitment to the arts and the fundamental role arts and cultural play in the community and lives of young people.” If you missed the premiere, catch Pieces of a Dream, Inc. at Judy Johnson Park at 10AM on Friday, July 19.
"I am Ashley SK Davis, and this is Pieces of a Dream, Inc." Thus concluded a wonderful evening of movement, tears, and laughter on March 2 at the Wilmington Drama League. Pieces of a Dream, Inc. presented its Sixth Annual dance concert "Words Taking Shape" at the venue on Lea Boulevard in Wilmington to a packed house. True to its missionary focus of presenting meaningful and socially-relevant works, "Words Taking Shape" showed the beauty of movement while simultaneously challenging the viewer to think critically. By the end of the 90 minute performance, all those audience members were more than satisfied.
The first half of the show was actually an encore of the production "Moved...by Words, by Silence, by Sounds", which premiered at the Fringe Wilmington Festival in September 2012. This series of four suites uses poetry and prose in lieu of music as a backdrop for the movement. While most of the spoken word is pre-recorded audio, two of the segments require the dancers to speak as they dance. In "Mom, I Wish..." the dancers were asked to write a "letter" to their mothers with this prompt, which they then complemented with movement. The other piece that did not use a recorded track featured not speech, but sound. A large section in "Moved...by Power" is performed entirely in silence, with sounds, syllables, and phrases of words inserted sporadically. The highlight of the first half was the final dance in "Moved...by Pain", a solo choreographed and performed by Pieces of a Dream, Inc. veteran Ashlei G. Randolph. This suite on grief also included a duet by Ketruah Braithwaite and La-Chelle Dickenson and a group piece to a section of Kalil Gibran's The Prophet and Psalm 23. Ms. Randolph's performance was set to "2 Pearls", a poem by Gayle Danley, in memory of her mother's battle with lung cancer. The combination of Ms. Danley's words and Ms. Randolph's movement left a definitive impression on everyone in the audience.
Act II was equally poignant. The first suite, "The New Normal?", addresses the seeming conflict between the American value of the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" and the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to bear arms. The suite is divided into three scenes: A child caught in the crossfire of gang violence, a bullied high school student who decided to exact vengeance on her tormentors, and the "paradise" that is left behind in the wake of such barbarity. The goal of this piece is a question why we are no longer appalled to hear news about violent shooting deaths, and whether the public has become complicit in the deaths of children by our silence and inaction.
The final suite of the concert was certainly the crowd favorite of many in the audience. "In a Dark and Lonesome Place, Seeking Light" is a window into the life of someone suffering from depression. Our protagonist seeks many different options to find "the light", and finally is triumphant. This piece, again featuring Ms. Randolph, is relevant to another struggling through a difficult life episode.
With all the heaviness of the dances, the evening ended on a fun note. Ms. Davis enlisted the audience in helping POAD, Inc. film a "Harlem Shake" video. Dancers and non-dancers alike joined in the creation of this laughter-inducing video. The video will be available on our website and YouTube channel shortly.
If you missed the performance, or just want to see it again, the DVD of "Words Taking Shape" is available for order on our Shop page.
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. collaborated with the Grand Opera House to host a modern workshop by the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO). PHILADANCO company members Roxanne Lyst and Adryan Moorefield lead a group of twenty dancers though an intensive Horton technique workshop this past Friday. The Horton technique is named for its founder, Lester Horton, who was Alvin Ailey's instrutor and mentor. Like Pieces of a Dream, Inc., much of PHILADANCO's choreography is based on the Horton technique. For the workshop, Roxanne and Adryan began with standard Horton exercises, including flatbacks, leg swings, and Fortification 1. These led to the dancers learning a phrase from one of PHILADANCO's signature works. The evening culminated with the Q&A session, during which the younger dancers in the group were able to gain valuable insight about life as a professional dancer. If you are interested in learning more about Pieces of a Dream, Inc. sponsored workshops, che
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"I didn't know what to expect...what I got was excellence."
"I believe Pieces of a Dream has captured the pure essence of communicating messages and emotions through dance. I was Moved..."
This past weekend, Pieces of a Dream, Inc. made its third appearance at the Fringe Wilmington Festival with "Moved...by Words, by Silence, by Sound." Continuing in our tradition of presenting original, unique, and thought-provoking choreography, "Moved..." explored the expressive potential of using spoken word and prose in conjunction with music. The concert, which was held at the Grand Opera House baby grand theater, ran from Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29, 2012.
The concert was organized into four seperate suites: Moved by Paths, Moved by Perseverance, Moved by Pain, Moved by Power. Each suite explored a different element of humanity, including motherhood, grief, and memories. Some of the audience favorites were "Hands: For Mother's Day" performed by the full cast to text by Nikki Giovanni and "Moved by Power", which included sounds of nature, text spoken by the dancers, and "Smile Upon Me" by the rock group Passion Pit. One notable piece was "2 Pearls", performed by Ashlei G. Randolph to text by Gayle Danley. The poem, written to honor the life of Ms. Danley's late mother, when combined with Ms. Randolph's choreography moved many audience members to tears (No pun intended.). The bulk of the choreography was created by Executive & Artistic Director Ashley SK Davis, with help from dancers Ashlei Randolph, Natasha Palazzolo, Adiah Simpson, and Viveca Hutchinson on specific pieces.
If you missed the concert, be sure to save the date for our annual concert! Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the wilmington Drama League (10 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802).
Thanks to everyone who completed our survey, and congratulations to the winners of the drawing for an autographed poster, Kristin W., Kim L, and Patricia W.
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