Pieces of a Dream, Inc. is currently in the middle of its annual solicitation drive. As a federally-recognized non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, we rely on donations from individuals in continue our work in the community. We hope that you recognize our work as vitally important, and that you will make a financial contribution to show your support of our programs and activities. DreamWeavers can donate at any level, from $25 to $750 and above. Specific information about how to join the DreamWeavers is available on our Support page. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Please demonstate how important performing and teaching of modern dance is to you. Please donate today. Thank you.
Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre and P*D2 presented "Aphrodite's Daughters" as part of the Fringe Wilmington Festival. This second annual festival had to goal of exploring and promoting contemporary visual and performing arts. "Aphrodite's Daughters" was a commentary on love, spoken through the medium of dance. Each piece in the production addressed the process that women and girls go through as they search for love. Some of the audience favorites included "Knocking on Heaven's Door", performed by P*D2 and "Daddy's Love" performed by Viveca Hutchinson, Ashlei G. Randolph, and Ashley L. Sullivan-Kirksey of Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre. If you missed the Fringe, both of these dances will be performed in our fourth annual concert, "The Shape of Love", on March 25, 2011. As with all our performances, our primary focus was to connect with audience on an emotional level, and we would like to extend a special "Thank you!" to everyone who took the time to give us feedback. We appreciate your support!
Thanks to your support our wine tasting fundraiser at Deerfield last night was a success!
Today, September 11, we will be at the Brandywine Arts Festival, continuing to spread the word about and raise funds for Pieces of a Dream. If you are attending, be sure to look for our table and stop by and say hello.
On Sunday, September 12th we will be in North Jersey at the South Orange International Blues Festival, performing on the main stage at 6:30. Driving instructions and more information about the Festival are available on the SOIBF Festival.
On September 19th, Pieces of a Dream will be running a community demo class of Newark Community day. Stay tuned to our website for details.
Also, be sure to save the date for our multiple performances at the Wilmington Fringe Festival. We are excited to be a part of this exciting series, and will be performing on September 30th at 6pm, October 2nd at 8pm and October 3rd at 3pm at the Baby Grand Opera House in Wilmington. Please visit the Fringe Festival website to purchase tickets.
On October 5, We will be participating in Friends helping Friends at Boscov's in the Concord Mall, Wilmington, DE from 9am-9pm. When you purchase a $5 pass from one of us, or at our table, you receive 25% off most items in the store. 100% of the proceeds will go to support Pieces of a Dream. To purchase your pass in advance, please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Members of Pieces of a Dream P*D2 participated in the 2010 Boscov's Children's Day on Saturday, August 28. Pieces of a Dream, Inc. was one of many groups, featuring activities specifically by and for young people. The young ladies of P*D2 performed an excerpt of "The Saints are Coming", a new work that will be featured in "Aphrodite's Daughters" in the Fringe Wilmington Festival (September 30 - October 3). While at the store, the P*D2 members also did "Dancing for Donations": The girls performed various dance moves, such as jumps, kicks, and turns, for any donation, no matter how large or small.
The Children's Day also served as a pre-sale date for Boscov's Friends Helping Friends, which is an annual event that allows non-profit organizations like Pieces of a Dream, Inc. to raise funds. Boscov's Departement Stores supply the non-profit with coupons, good for 25% off all purchases made on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The coupons cost $5 to purchase, and 100% of the proceeds go towards the specified non-profit organization. Friends Helping Friends coupons are available for purchase on our Shop page.
This past Thursday, August 26, Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre held the culminating activities of its first annual Pre-Season Ballet Intensive. Benjamin Sterling Cannon served as the Ballet Master for the intensive, which ran for seven days over the course of two weeks. Mr. Cannon, the founder of look)see Productions and a noted actor, dancer, director, and producer, led the company members and guest dancers through a series of daily ballet lessons that included barre work, core work, and center work. The sixteen dancers registered for the intensive also learned a ballet combination, which they presented to family and friends on the last day of the intensive.
All of the dancers were very excited about the results of the intensive. One dancer specifically noted that she "learned how to be a better ballet dancer and how to control [her] body." Another young lady commented that having "a different teacher than who I usually have had helped improve [her] technique." The parents of the dancers were equally impressed with the outcomes of the workshop. They "liked Mr. Cannon's teaching style" and noted that their daughters thought the class was "hard but enjoyable."
Due to the success of the event, Pieces of a Dream, Inc. will continue to host the Pre-Season Ballet Intensive as an annual event, held each August. If you can't wait until next August, you can register for the Ballet to Broadway Dance Workshop with Mr. Cannon and Tyrick Wiltez Jones. Ballet to Broadway is scheduled for Sunday, November 14 and will cost only $35, if you register before August 31. Registration information is available on our Home page.
Congratulations to the RP Hip Hoppers at Richardson Park Elementary School! The hip hop dance team, under the instruction of Pieces of a Dream, Inc.'s Ashley Sullivan-Kirksey, performed their dance to "Hard Knock Life" on Thursday, May 13. These fourth and fifth grade students have been working all year on their routine, which was the featured performance at the First Annual Richardson Park Elementary Talent Show. The students, most of whom have never had dance instruction, have been working on their routine with "Ms. Ashley" since October. Once a week, they spend their recess indoors learning hip hop dance moves and getting a great workout. The Talent Show was the culminating performance for the year. This program, which in now in its second year at Richardson Park, is successful largely due to the efforts of school nurse Cathy Whelton. CONGRATULATIONS! For a full article on the Richardson Park Hip Hop Crew, visit http://www.communitypub.com/education/x645476662/Hip-hop-dance-teaches-life-lessons-at-Richardson-Park.
On Wednesday, February 17, State Farm Insurance Company presented its annual Ujima Awards in Wilmington, Delaware. This event seeks to recognize individuals who work consistently towards the betterment of their communities. Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre was honored to be able to participate in this event for the second year in a row. The company performed excerpts of "Riot-Us Behavior" for those in attendance.
Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre presented a 45-minute concert for the students at Delaware County Community College on Thursday, February 4. The concert, held at the Media Campus, was a preview of the March 26 "IntercoNEXTions" concert. A highlight of the morning's performance was "ToGetHer", choreographed by Ashlei G. Randolph. "ToGetHer", a work about domestic violence, will be performed in its entirety at Pieces of a Dream, Inc.'s third annual concert. The DCCC event concluded with Q&A between the audience and company members. To view pictures from this event, click here.
On Sunday, January 10, 2010, Pieces of a Dream, Inc. hosted a Wellness Workshop at its rehearsal studio. Dr. Trent Ryan, a member of the Association of Wellness Professionals, presented information to the Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre members and other pre-professional dancers in attendance about how the brain affects one's physical well-being. Dr. Ryan led the dancers through a series a exercises to test their neurological wellness. The workshop was incredibly informative.
Ashley L. Sullivan-Kirksey and several members of the Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre were featured performers in this years production of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts. The concert was the culminating event of the Wilmington's annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Pieces of a Dream, Inc. members Ashlei Randolph, Viveca Hutchinson, Adiah Simpson, and Dietra Hunter were joined by Nashira Council, Amanda Pollard, Charles Russell, Roberto Rodreiguez-Garcia, and Nicole Starcheski to perform in five featured selectioned with music by the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Choir.
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