– Dance – Ballet – MOT – 2017-04-21,22,23 –

                 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN 
                     DANCE THEATER  

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

brings four performances including their signature work Revelations,
to the

Michigan Opera Theater (MOT) / Detroit Opera House.

Experience some of the best-loved work by the man who forever changed the face of modern dance.

Synopsis

Fri April 21 7:30PM
The Winter in Lisbon
Masekela Langage
Ella
Revelations

Sat April 22, 2:30PM
The Winter in Lisbon
Awakening
After the Rain
Revelations
Sat April 22 7:30PM
Deep
r-Evolution, Dream.
Ella
Revelations
Sun April 23, 2:30PM
Open Door
In/Side
r-Evolution, Dream.
Revelations

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Afterglow Reception

Following the Saturday, April 22 performance,

MEET THE ALVIN AILEY DANCERS!

Enjoy a strolling supper and end the evening with a DJ & dancing!

Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
Alvin Ailey and a group of young Black modern dancers first performed at New York’s 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association (92nd Street Y), in March 1958.
Alvin Ailey was the company’s director, choreographer, and principal dancer.
The company started as an ensemble of seven dancers, choreographer, and many guest choreographers.[
Following their first performance, the company traveled on what were known as the “station wagon tours”;
In 1960, the AAADT became a resident company of the 51st Street YWCA’s Clark Center for the Performing Arts.
In 1962, the company was chosen to tour the Far East, Southeast Asia and Australia as part of President John F. Kennedy’s “President’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations”.
Judith Jamison, joined the company in 1965.
Ailey established a school in 1969, the same year that the company moved to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Both company and school relocated to 229 East 59th Street in Manhattan a year later, to a renovated church building.
In 1971 AAADT made its first performance at the New York City Center, where it is currently the resident company.
Associate artistic director Masazumi Chaya joined the company in 1972.
AAADT, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (later renamed Ailey II) and the Ailey School relocated in 1980 to four new studios in a building on Broadway.
The company celebrated its 25th anniversary three years later.
Alvin Ailey died on December 1, 1989;
Judith Jamison to succeeded him as artistic director.
The Ailey organization moved to 211 West 61st Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Many people have contributed to the success of AAADT, but the work of Michael Kaiser, the executive director from 1990 to 1993, is often cited as a model of successful nonprofit performing arts management.
Following tours in Russia, France and Cuba in the 1990s, as well as a residency in South Africa in 1997, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation announced in 2001 that a new dance complex was to be developed.
The company and school moved into the building, named the Joan Weill Center for Dance, in 2004.
The company toured Russia and the United Kingdom the following year.
Denise Jefferson led The Ailey School from 1984 until her death in 2010.[7]
Robert Battle became Ailey’s artistic director in 2011.
AAADT has a repertory of more than 200 works by more than 70 choreographers, including such choreographers as

Ulysses Dove,
Karole Armitage,
George Faison,
Uri Sands,
Elisa Monte,
Talley Beatty,
Katherine Dunham
Twyla Tharp

The company’s popularity comes from its theatrical, extroverted style of dancers with strong personalities and muscular skill.
The company keeps Alvin Ailey’s works,
Revelations (1960),
Night Creature (1974)
Cry (1971),
in continuous performance.
Memoria was one of Alvin Ailey’s balletic pieces, with long lines and a clear technical style different from his usual jazz character style of swirling patters, strong, driving arm movements, huge jumps, and thrusting steps.
Battle has expanded the company’s repertory in significant ways, adding works by established choreographers such as

Garth Fagan,
Jiri Kylian,
Wayne McGregor,
Ohad Naharin
Paul Taylor,

In 2011, Battle established a New Directions Choreography Lab to nurture emerging artists.
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Administrative Offices
Michigan Opera Theatre and Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway (Entrance at Stage Door on Madison)
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.3500
Ticket Office
313.237.SING (7464)
tickets@motopera.org
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– Music – Dance – Latin – Dearborn, MI – -AANM – Friday – 2017.04.21 – 8PM –

SAMMY DELEON
+
His Latin Jazz Ensemble
(salsa)

8 p.m. Friday, April 21

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salsa dance workshop

Thirty-year veteran percussionist  Sammy DeLeon  and his crew love sharing the history and characteristics of their music with audiences.
Latin jazz, salsa and merengue – the latter originating in the Dominican Republic – comprise a highly danceable set led by DeLeon, once described by Latin music legend Tito Puente as “the hottest and most innovative timbalero.”

Ticket holders may enjoy a
6:30 p.m. salsa dance workshop
led by instructor
Mambo Marci.


The Arab American National Museum’s Public Programming plays a dynamic role in the preservation and celebration of the cultural heritages of all people.
They
value the arts not only as an aesthetic expression of the human experience, but also as a tool that empowers all people and instills community pride.
Through the arts,
we all hope to build bridges that span racial, cultural and ethnic divisions.
With these goals in mind the Museum’s Public Programming
embraces all cultural art forms.

Presented in partnership with

BombaRica 

and made possible in part by the

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).

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collaborations with area organizations; please call 313.624.0203

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– Music – Opera – Puccini – 2017 – 04 – – Detroit Opera House – The Girl of the Golden West –

Girl of the Golden West 

Puccini’s opera, set in the American West during the Gold Rush,
brings to life the story of Minnie, a gun-toting, saloon-owning Sunday school teacher.
All the cowboys want to marry Minnie.
With a high-stakes poker game and the most romantic serenades from a bandit-turned-lover you’ll ever hear,
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini
Premiered in New York, 1910
Running time: about 2:25 Italian with projected English translations

((( it’s an opera )))
((( It’s Puccini )))

Opera was shown –  April 01, 05, 08 – 2017

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Synopsis  for The Girl of the Golden West

ACT I

A miners’ camp in California, 1849–50.  At sunset at the Polka Saloon, Nick, the bartender, prepares for the miners’ return from the hills.  Jake Wallace, a traveling minstrel, sings a sentimental song that causes Jim Larkens to break down in tears.  The men collect money for his passage back home.  Trin and Sonora both bribe Nick to help them win the heart of Minnie, the owner of the bar, with whom all the men are in love.  Sid cheats at cards, and Jack Rance, the camp’s cynical sheriff, marks him as an outcast.  The Wells Fargo agent Ashby arrives with news of the imminent capture of the Mexican bandit Ramirrez and his band.  An argument breaks out between Rance and Sonora, each claiming Minnie will be his wife.  Things almost get out of hand when Minnie herself appears. The men calm down and sit to listen to Minnie’s bible teaching.  Later, alone with her, Rance confesses his love to Minnie (“Minnie, della mia casa”).  But she is not interested and, recalling her happy childhood, paints a different picture of her ideal love (“Laggiù nel Soledad”). A stranger appears in the bar, introducing himself as Dick Johnson from Sacramento.  Minnie recognizes him as a man she once met on the road.  The jealous Rance orders Johnson to leave town, but when Minnie declares that she knows him, the others welcome Johnson.  As he and Minnie dance, the miners drag in a man named Castro, one of Ramirrez’s band.  Castro pretends that he will lead them to their hideout.  He then whispers to Johnson—who is in fact Ramirrez—that he let himself be captured to lure the miners away from the saloon, in order for Johnson to rob it.  The men depart with Castro, and Minnie and Johnson are left alone.  She tells him about her simple life and that she is still waiting for her first kiss.  When she shows him the hiding place where the miners keep their gold, he replies that as long as he is nearby, nobody will harm her or touch the gold.  She shyly invites him to visit her in her cabin later that evening.

ACT II

In Minnie’s cabin in the mountains, the Indian woman Wowkle sings a lullaby to her baby and bickers with the child’s father, Billy Jackrabbit. Minnie arrives and excitedly prepares for her meeting with Johnson. Alone with him, she gives in to his declarations of love and they kiss. Johnson, full of doubt as to how to tell her about his true identity, is about to leave, but she asks him to stay for the night as it has begun to snow.  When several shots are heard, Johnson hides in the closet.  Rance appears with some of the men and tells Minnie that they are concerned for her safety—they have discovered that Johnson is Ramirrez.  Minnie claims to know nothing and the men leave.  She then angrily confronts Johnson, who makes excuses about his past and declares that when he met her he decided to give up his former life. Deeply hurt, Minnie sends him away.  Another shot rings out. Johnson, wounded, staggers back into the cabin and Minnie hides him in the attic.  Rance returns, certain he has found his man, and demands to search the room.  Minnie refuses and the sheriff is about to give up when a drop of blood falls on his hand from above.  Johnson is forced to surrender, but Minnie has an idea—she challenges Rance to a game of poker.  If he defeats her, she will give herself to him; if he loses, Johnson goes free.  Minnie cheats and wins. Rance leaves.

ACT III

Johnson has been nursed back to health by Minnie.  Again on the run from Rance and his men, he is eventually captured in the forest.  As the miners prepare to hang him, Johnson asks for one last mercy—that Minnie believe him free and far away (“Ch’ella mi creda”).  Rance is enraged, but the men hesitate.  At that moment, Minnie rides in, wielding a pistol.  When her pleas to spare Johnson prove fruitless, she reminds then men how much they owe her.  The miners finally give in and release Johnson.  He and Minnie ride away to start a new life together.

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– Dance – Flamenco – Detroit – 2017.03.26 –

Flamenco Concert: Direct from Spain!

    • Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 7:00 PM

111 E Kirby, Detroit, MI

  • Flamenco Concert “De Los Reyes Flamenco”
    will feature the well known Spanish dancer

    Isaac de los Reyes

    for the first time to Michigan!

SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017 @ 7PM

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Award-winning flamenco artists
Amparo Heredia and Angel Ruiz
are coming together to create a new Flamenco show.
The event will be hosted at the International Institute and
will have spanish tapas available by La Dulce.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the international institute a non-profit organization.

Reserve your VIP table today to get the best seats at the event. Buy Tickets online http://flamencomidwest.com/ or by phone: 313.444.2487

Tickets: General Admission $35 | Student Discount $25 | VIP ticket (includes tapas) $50.encoockground color=”light blue”

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– Salsa – Mid-March – 2017 –

– Good month in the SALSA world –

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Veneranda Ordoñez & Gabriela Gonzalez

Gabriela is a Co-director of Baila Huntsville. She has over 20 years of dancing Salsa, Ballroom, Tango, Cumbia, Bachata, and Contemporary. She has been part of the Salsa Community in Huntsville since 2009. She is originally from El Paso Texas where she learned and taught for many years. She is currently a member of the Clave Y Tumbao Alabama team.

 Veneranda is the wife of Erick Ordonez. She began her dancing 3 years ago in Houston Texas under Salsa Eddy Deyenes and is currently a member of the Clave y Tumbao Team Alabama. She has been part of the salsa scene in Huntsville since 2012.

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Ben Richman

Ben Richman grew up in upstate New York. He’s an avid martial artist, having been involved in karate since 1996. He studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo

and came to Huntsville in 2010 to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He first became involved in swing dancing during his senior year in Buffalo, from the advice from a friend who had had some experience first in swing and salsa. His interest in Latin dancing was piqued when he heard about the UAH salsa club. He has been a part of the regional Latin dancing scene ever since, and has been part of performance teams as well. He currently works as a mechanical engineer for a NASA contractor.
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Los Gordos Production
“The Three Legs of a Tripod” 


Los Gordos from the Tennessee Valley! Roberto Dextre Jr. , Donald Dugal (Double D) and Erick Ordonez  partnered up back in 2013 to bring you Rocket City Latin Festival 2014.  Erick and Donald have been involved in the dance scene in Huntsville since 2003. Erick was a Radio DJ for the #1 Top 40 Station in the Huntsville area 104.3 WZYP. When he had the opportunity he would play awesome genres of music ranging from European House, Drum and Bass, Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata, Merengue, Hip Hop, Rock, 80s, 90s, and everything else he could get his hands on. He was DJing Monthly Latin Events in the Huntsville area at differnt venues including Club 721 and Vynil. Donald has been DJing since 2005 which includes skating rings, weddings, clubs, house parties, salsa parties, and anything that has to do with sound. He is the owner of the dance studio Dance Rocket City. Both Donald and Erick have been building the Latin Dance community by hosting parties all across the valley. The most recent success was Full Moon Salsa. Where Full Moon Salsa brought in over 300 people to the venue mixing the latin community with the dancing community. Roberto is the Director of the Salsa Program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He took over after Erick retired in June 2014. Together Roberto and Erick built a salsa program that promoted diversity between the latin community and the dance community. Something that has never been achieved in the Tennessee Valley. The program currently run at the University carries the largest salsa class in the state of Alabama with an average 40 members in class every week. They have pushed the salsa scene to grow, not by just learning basic 123 and 567. But building foundations of fundamentals and more importantly having fun dancing.

Together Los Gordos have generated some hot choreography, and dancers that have shined on the dance stages of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, and smaller cities in between. They lead the Tenneessee Valley in bringing Salsa and Bachata to the main stream of the south.

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– DANCE – YA Salsa – Sunday Social – – MI -2017.02.26 –

– Last Sunday of Month –
– Sunday Social –
– February 26, 2017 –

  • 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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    American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

    42.457352-83.360689

  • The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

    Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
    attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

    WHAT :

    $10 at the door gets you:

    -Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 ++ p.m.!
    -Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    -A huge wooden dance floor!
    -The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s
    -Two floors of dancing:  Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

    Latin Mix downstairs !
    -Cash Bar!

    WHEN:
    ( Last) Sunday ( of month) , from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

    WHERE:
    American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI
    WHO:
    All Ages welcome

    http://www.yasalsa.org

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    For more events – info – see :
    (( you have to go into the ” older posts ”
    for some of the info ))

    https://danceartsmusic.wordpress.com/

    http://midwestmusicanddance.blogspot.com/

    http://midwestmusicmafia.blogspot.com/

    https://midwestmusicmafia.wordpress.com/

    MidwestMusicMafia  At Live or GMail  Dot Com

    People have asked –

    Twitter,com/MadDamMad

    Twitter,com/MusicMobsters

    Twitter,com/DanceArtsMusic

    Mr.G-ROX  At  Email

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-Fun Parties – YA Salsa – Sunday Socials – Good Music, Latin Dancing –


– YA Salsa – Sunday Social – Good Party –

– Last Sunday of Month – Sunday Social –

We were there – Had Fun

See you there – Decermber 18, 2016 –  (( xmas is last sunday  … )

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

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Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

WHAT :
$10 at the door gets you:

-Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 ++ p.m.!
-Endless Beverages & Snacks!
-A huge wooden dance floor!
-The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s
-Two floors of dancing:  Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

Latin Mix downstairs !
-Cash Bar!

WHEN:
( Last) Sunday ( of month) , from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

WHERE:
American Legion Post 346
31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI

WHO:
All Ages welcome

http://www.yasalsa.org

— ———————————————-
For more events – info – see :
(( you have to go into the ” older posts ”
for some of the info ))

https://danceartsmusic.wordpress.com/

http://midwestmusicanddance.blogspot.com/

http://midwestmusicmafia.blogspot.com/

https://midwestmusicmafia.wordpress.com/

MidwestMusicMafia  At Live or GMail  Dot Com

People have asked –

Twitter,com/MadDamMad

Twitter,com/MusicMobsters

Twitter,com/DanceArtsMusic

Mr.G-ROX  At  Email

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