Initiated by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Huntsville community will celebrate dance with a variety of free community workshops, activities and public events. The new initiative titled Huntsville Moving! brings together three professional dance groups, Ballet Folklorico de Huntsville, Nicolay Dance Works and NobleMotion Dance to take part in a three-week community initiative. The project will offer workshop programs at the Wynne Home Art Center starting March 28 followed by a Saturday, April 16 celebration event that will include activities at the Wynne Home and a dance performance event with the local dance groups at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.
The NEA award was secured by the Huntsville Arts Commission City of Huntsville for Arts Engagement in America. This is the fourth year the NEA has awarded a grant to the city. The NEA is a government agency that gives grants to support artistic excellence for the benefit of both individuals and communities. Huntsville Moving! is also made possible by matching support from the Huntsville Arts Commission and the Friends of the Wynne.
The Huntsville Moving! adult dance workshop, starting at 6:00 p.m. on March 30, will offer a variety of lessons led by a rotating group of instructors from Ballet Folklorico de Huntsville, Nicolay Dance Works and NobleMotion Dance. “The idea is to be able to explore and celebrate an assortment of dance genres though the three-week dance residencies with local professional artists who we are very pleased to have as partners on this project,” explained Linda Pease, Cultural Services Coordinator for the City of Huntsville and The Wynne Home Arts Center.
The Huntsville Moving! children dance workshop, starting at 4:30 on Monday, March 28, will focus on creative movement for the camera and will be led by Dionne Noble of NobleMotion Dance. Workshop participants will learn about creating site-specific dance that will be filmed and edited for a final video presentation. In order to expand the program to even more local youth, Nicolay Dance Works and Ballet Folklorico will also offer creative dance classes to Huntsville’s YMCA and Boys and Girls Club during the same three-week period.
Both the adult and children dance workshops at the Wynne Home are free, open to public and will take place weekly from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 15. To register contact the Wynne Home at: 936-291-5424.
Huntsville Moving! will also celebrate dance through the work of arts photographer Lynn Lane. Recently named one of Houston’s Top “100 Creatives” by the Houston Press as well as one of the Top 10 Photographers in Houston, Lane’s work, capturing the power and artistry of professional dance performance, will be on display at the Wynne Home from Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 16.
Dance in classic cinema is another area that will be explored in the Huntsville Moving! project as Sam Houston State University professor emeritus, Ralph Pease hosts a series of classic films. Featuring iconic Hollywood dancers from Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, to Shirley Temple, the three-week series will offer films on Thursday evenings for free at the Wynne Home.
Huntsville Moving! concludes April 16 with two public celebrations. From
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Wynne Home Arts Center will host a reception event featuring a “tea time” performance from SHSU’s percussion ensemble and an outdoor sculptural art (by Scott McCarley) unveiling in honor of the late artist and long-time friend of the Wynne, Jesús Moroles. That same day, the celebration will continue at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center with a performance event featuring Ballet Folklorico de Huntsville, Nicolay Dance Works and NobleMotion Dance. Both events are free and open to the public.
Huntsville Moving! is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. Additional funding support is from the Huntsville Arts Commission and the Friends of the Wynne. In addition to the partnering dance organizations and the Wynne Home, several additional groups and local organizations have joined forces to make this community initiative possible including The City of Huntsville, Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, SHSU Percussion Ensemble, Huntsville Family YMCA and Huntsville Boys and Girls Club.
Huntsville Moving! Schedule of Events:
At the Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 Eleventh Street:
- Adult Workshop – Wednesdays, March 30, April 6, April 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- Children Workshop – Mondays and Wednesdays, March 28 and 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Photography Exhibit – March 28 through April 16
- Dance in Classic Cinema Series – Thursdays, March 31, April 7, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
- Reception, Sculpture Unveiling and Percussion Performance – Saturday, April 16, 4:00 p.m.
At the Gaertner Performing Arts Center at SHSU:
- Performance Event – Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.