Building on its successful dance education program, Deep-rooted dance theater adds a new location for new and existing programs, in addition to its original location at Ballet Chicago in downtown Chicago. Classes and workshops at the new Mayfair Arts Center (MAC), 8701 S. Bennett Avenue, Chicago, March 5 through April 25, with a culmination of up close and personal sharing on Saturday, May 1, 2022 (subject to change). Registrations are open on deeprooteddancetheatre.org.
MAC classes provide students with introductory training in ballet, modern, hip-hop and African techniques and repertoire workshops led by members of the Deeply Rooted artistic team, company members and guest choreographers and instructors. The program promotes personal and artistic growth through a curriculum that develops technical skills and performance readiness. The program also includes The Continuum, a series of guided conversations about self-awareness and personal growth informed by each participant’s creativity and artistic process. Program divisions include toddlers for ages 3-6, tweens for ages 7-12, teens for ages 13-17, and MAC’s HOT mature women and men on the move for ages 25 and up. plus, with male mentorship opportunities for ages 10-17.
Also launching the Deeply Rooted Creative Communities program at the MAC, which aims to awaken citizen artists to their individual and collective creativity. The first offering under the Creative Communities banner is the Story-Bridge Community Performance Workshops, which provide instruction in movement, acting and voice as preparation for large-cast, artist-performed plays. citizens – ordinary people of all ages, races, and socio-economic background. Story-Bridge’s community performance workshops focus on cultivating community for social synergy; participants share an organic process of SPACE – Story, Performance, Affinity, Conversation and Engagement – a methodology co-created by Dr. Richard Geer and the team at Community Performance International, of which Deeply Rooted Creative Director Kevin Iega Jeff is a member .
As part of Deeply Rooted’s goal to build its presence on Chicago’s South Side, a Deeply Rooted Master Class Tour will offer free classes throughout the Chicago area, in conjunction with the launch of programs at the MAC and the planned opening of the company’s South Side Center. for Black Dance and Creative Communities in Winter 2024. To schedule a masterclass, contact Deep Rooted Programs Manager Tiana Thompson ([email protected]).
Story-Bridge workshops are free, but Deeply Rooted welcomes donations by visiting deeprooteddancetheatre.kindful.com/.
To register and get information online, go to deeprooteddancetheatre.org.