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Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus Presents AIR Dance Conference

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Miami, March 24, 2014 - Put on your dancing shoes! Miami Dade College (MDC) will present its third annual Artistry in Rhythm: Engaging the Community (AIR Dance Conference) in an effort to create an innovative training program for dance artists and a laboratory for choreographers.  The festival will take place at the Kendall Campus April 15 - 17.

The scholarly dance conference will explore the significance of community engagement through the vernacular of dance, encourage community growth and development, and enhance professional development within an academic setting. It will consist of a host of master dance classes, lecture/demonstrations, and performances. Among the guest artists will be Michael Ferrol, Yanui, Pioneer Winter, Constance McIntyre, Elaine Wright, Hanan, Teo Castellano, and others. The conference will also offer somatic work with Polestar Pilates and The Falls Yoga with Sam Levine. AIR participants will experience dance technique classes in ballet, belly dance, contemporary, hip‐hop, Afro‐Haitian, liturgical dance, contemporary modern dance, somatic body work, choreography/dance composition, and panel discussions.    

Michelle Grant‐Murray will present UnEarthing Dance: Perspective, Pedagogy, and Perspective, a synopsis of her new book entitled, Beyond the Surface: American Dance History at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the MDC Kendall Campus Art Gallery. Gelan Lambert, choreographer for Tarell McCraney’s Anthony & Cleopatra, will conduct a three-day residency on contemporary dance as well as present Don’t Believe the Hypeat 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the McCarthy Theatre. Tyrell Rolle of Cirque de Soleil, The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas, will head two days of intensive contemporary jazz dance. Choreographed work by Simone Sobers, Brittany Williams, and Joanna Ursal will be also presented.

The conference is open to middle- and senior-high school and college students, as well as the community-at-large. Tickets are $20 for three days of dance and include a ticket to the evening AIR dance concert. Classes will take place on April 15 – 17 from 9 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. Nightly performances begin at 8 p.m. 

For more information, please call 305-237-2426, or e‐mail

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
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