Ballet Afrique Hosts Red Carpet PBS Film Screening and Cocktail Reception, 3/22
Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance, one of Austin's premiere cultural institutions, is pleased to announce the premiere of the much anticipated hour-long PBS documentary "A Reason To Dance", part of KLRU's award winning "Arts in Context" series about Founder & Artistic Director China Smith's inclusive mission to bring dance to all of Austin's children, which will air on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8p CST in celebration of Black History month. Please check local listings. (Trailer: http://www.klru.org/artsincontext/episode/a-reason-to-dance/). Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance is also pleased to announce that on Saturday, March 22, 2014, it will continue celebrating the transformative power of dance by hosting a special Red Carpet Screening of "A Reason To Dance" and Cocktail Reception at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702. A wide array of local, state, and national public and private leaders, officials, personalities, dignitaries, and friends are expected to be in attendance. The Red Carpet will begin promptly at 6:00pm, followed by the film screening at 7:00pm, and ending with the cocktail reception.
Ballet Afrique has reached many milestones since being formed in 2008. "O" Magazine featured Ballet Afrique in its December 2012 issue and China Smith was named a "local hero" by The Oprah Magazine's editors (Oprah Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/afriqueoprah). In addition, Ballet Afrique was also profiled in "Dance Teacher" and in "Austin Woman".
"As a mother, teacher, and dancer, China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora through contemporary dance. Her company, Ballet Afrique, employs a synthesis of ballet and modern blended with Afrocentric undertones to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance. As Smith wrestles with the business aspect of sharing her art as well as the uphill battle against cultural expectations and the cultural stereotypes of ballet, she continues to cement herself as an indelible and essential part of the dance scene." (From KLRU's introduction to "A Reason To Dance".) In the year ahead, "Ms. China's" mission is to raise funds to open a permanent studio celebrating the performing arts in her long underserved East Austin neighborhood.