This piece is in collaboration with guest choreographer/director Darnell Weaver and Blakk Jakk Dance collective founded by Ron’Dale Simpson. This collaboration speaks to the vision and mission of both of these up-and-coming organizations. Each’s vision is to preserve, transform and unify our communities with the arts with a focus on dance in the African diaspora. This story is an homage to our Ancestors. Representing our unknown protection received.
The National Arts Drive (June 20.2020)
The National Arts Drive is a fundraiser for local artists and creatives across the country (film, fashion, music, art, performance...). On Saturday, June 20, 2020, we're inviting artists across the U.S to showcase and perform from front lawns, driveways, balconies, and stoops. We're also inviting the community to drive through suburban streets and city blocks to witness their creative neighbors. The experience is paired with a mobile site and an interactive map that marks each art installation or performance
City Is Our Stage (August 15, 2020)
During this unusual time, we are all craving live performance! Now, you can get in your car with your loved ones, and soak in multiple performances at locations throughout the greater Cleveland area! Join us for this unique traveling show-where YOU are the one that travels! As travelers, you will be able to purchase a ticket by choosing from an East Side, West Side, Mid-town, or "Surprise me" starting location. Then you will have the opportunity to see different performances of varying styles. As an artistic traveler, you will have no idea what performance style you will get to see next, truly making this an adventure. Each artistic journey will take around 2 hours, including travel time. Starting times vary by location.
Dancing Through The Pandemic (August 22, 2020)
Hosted by Urban Dance Cleveland Performances by Blakk Jakk Dance Company, Cleveland Dance Project, Expedition Dance, Villa Angela High School. $30 per vehicle. space is limited. This is an outdoor parking lot performance. You may get out of your car, but due to COVID-19, please practice social distancing and wear your mask. To purchase tickets, please contact email@example.com
Moving Still.... (September 26, 2020)
Performances by Ballet Legato, Blakk Jakk, Expedition Dance, Kismat, MorrisonDance. Keeping artists dancing and audiences engaged while keeping the arts alive! A collaboration of artists supporting the arts..and each other! It's been hard and we in the dance community have been tirelessly trying to find ways (and it hasn't been easy) to share our mission with you! If anything good has come out of this pandemic, it's the artists that have come together, some for the first time, and create fabulous dance! We are excited to share the stage for a parking lot performance on Saturday, September 26th for two shows! We have an eclectic mix of dance from some of Northeast Ohio's best dance companies! Two performances: 5:30 pm performance to open FIRST. 7 pm show to open when the 5:30 pm is almost sold out. 17 spaces available per show.
$40 per vehicle proceeds go directly to the dancers performing for the evening. Vehicles will be directed to parking to allow for social distancing and must enter by way of Warrensville Center Road. You may leave your cars, but please practice social distancing while wearing your mask if you cannot remain 6ft apart. If you or your guests are experiencing any signs of sickness, please remain home for the safety of the other guests and dancers.
Mojuba Black Dance festival (November 13-15, 2020)
We are excited to announce the first annual Mojuba! Black Dance Fest will be presented virtually November 13-15th, 2020
The dance festival is designed to bring together lovers and "livers" of Black Dance in scholarly discussion and artistic exploration of the culture and history of Black and African Diaspora
This incredible weekend will feature:
Virtual dance party with DJ KenStarr
"IN VISION" Professional Artist Showcase
13 classes with master-level instructors
"NEW VOICES" Emerging Black Choreographers Showcase
Dynamic panel discussion