Our Fifth Annual Dance for Peace
We are excited to present our annual Dance for Peace! This year’s dance will include an optional pre-performance three-course outdoor summer soirée catered by BG catering (Grant’s of West Hartford)—voted best caterer by Hartford Magazine.
Please join us for a wonderful three-course dinner which includes a signature cocktail and wine. Guests will receive a swag bag of gifts from Artist for World Peace. Dinner, gift and ticket to the performance is $100.00.
Performance only is $45.00.
Pre-performance soirée begins at 5:00 pm, showtime at 7:00 pm.
Click the link to purchase tickets: http://katharinehepburntheater.org/events/dance-for-peace/
Some of Our Featured Performers
Lorelei Chang is the founder and artistic director of dancEnlight and holds the distinction of being one of the pioneers to develop modern dance when it was introduced to China in 1987. She performed and taught extensively in China and continued her career as a performer, teacher, and choreographer after moving to the United States in 1993. Her choreography was presented at the Beijing International Dance Festival in China, American Dance Festival; International Dance Festival in Hong Kong; Dance Festival in India; Built on Stilts Dance Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, 5×5 Dance Festival, other CT Dance Festivals. She has been performing and teaching internationally in Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Brussel Belgium; and Auckland, New Zealand. She is a faculty member of the Connecticut Concert Ballet and the South Windsor Senior Center.
Photo by Zoe Macerollo
Cajai Fellows Johnson and Gentry George
Cajai Fellows Johnson is a dancer, actress, fine artist from Bloomfield, CT. She began performing as young as 18 months old and started performing professionally by age 9. After graduating from the Art Institute of Boston with a BFA in Fine Arts, she briefly attended the Ailey School, in New York City, for independent study and the summer program, concentrating in ballet, modern and jazz. Summer 2016 she attended a contemporary ballet program in Croatia and preformed with Proarsiton Ballet of Italy and also completed the musical theater/jazz program at Jacob’s Pillow, directed by Tony award winning choreographer, Chet Walker. Cajai continues to produce large-scale, charcoal, realistic drawings of dancers while taking dance classes at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and the Ailey School. She spent many years studying and performing with The Albano Ballet Company and is a current member of the contemporary performance art company, ZEST Collective. Past theater credits include: Disney’s The Lion King National Tour, High School Musical Live (regional), and My Favorite Year (regional).
Gentry George is a choreographer and Youth dance instructor Gentry Isaiah George founded Inwood / Washington Heights, NYC’s premiere dance company ZEST Collective on November 02, 2013. Also a former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ailey II, George graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012. He currently teaches Ballet and Composition at Dance Project of a Washington Heights and USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts.
Sonia Plumb and Paul Dennis
Sonia Plumb is Artistic Director of Sonia Plumb Dance, a modern dance troupe based in Hartford, CT. She attributes her artistic style to a morphing of ideas, a constant seeking of, observing, learning, questioning and collaboration. She has worked with puppeteers, actors, musicians, singers and composers. Sonia is a National Arts Teaching Fellow (2013) and one of nine artists nationwide to receive a Community Legacy Project award (2015). She twice received the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence (1996, 20000. Born and raised in Vermont, she migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance.
Paul Dennis is a former member of José Limón Dance Company. Paul is Associate Director of the White Mountains Summer Dance Festival and Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst. His career also includes performances with Works/Laura Glenn Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Men’s Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy, Janis Brenner and Dancers, Scapegoat Garden, and a 1995 White House performance.
Photo by Nicole Battistone
Island Reflections Dance Theater Company
The Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company (IRDTC), is led by Artistic Director Stephen Hankey. The company is dedicated to the improvement of society through exploration of diversity and physical movement. With an emphasis on Caribbean dance, the company teaches jazz, modem, ethnic and many other disciplines; and has performed around the New England area creating partnerships with community-based organizations everywhere they go. The performances of IRDTC beautifully tell stories that pay homage to ancestors and cultures worldwide through dance.
Stephen Hankey, born in Trinidad, is a dancer, master teacher in traditional Caribbean folk forms, choreographer, and is the president and founder of the IRDTC. Mr. Hankey teaches at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and at the Central Connecticut State University. Stephen was the resident choreographer with the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies, in Hartford, founding member of The National Dance Theatre Company of Trinidad and Tobago, performing nationally and internationally; a member of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, and a member of Peter Minshall’s Callal
Company of Trinidad and Tobago. Hankey has choreographed works for the Baggasse Company, Signal Hill Theater Workshop Tobago, St. Lucia Research Center and Jen S.Designs, the “Voodoo Ceremony for the ABC television film Creature, by Peter Benchley. He also choreographed Cultural Spectacular at the Bushnell Theater, and the Performing Arts Center for the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies in West Hartford, CT.
The Mudcloth Mentorship Society is a collaboration of local gifted artists who have a passion for sharing their unique gifts and artistic talents for the benefit of restoring community value in the Greater Hartford area. Founded in 2014, they provide low-cost African drum and dance classes, workshops, and programs to promote physical and emotional wellness, social, and cultural well being.
Corey Hutchins – CT Tap, with William Jackson and Keith Leonhardt
Corey Hutchins is a Native of Manchester CT and has been tap dancing for 27 years. Hutchins began his studies at the Betty Jane Turner School of Dance (Manchester CT) and The Artist Collective (Hartford CT). He has studied with Derick K. Grant, Lady Dianne Walker, the late Harold “Stumpy” Cromer, and Clare O’Donnell (also from CT). He has workshopped with the late Gregory Hines, the late Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Savion Glover, and more. He has been seen on stage at numerous Tap City Performances (New York City Tap Festival) 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2013. In 2004, Corey started a 6 year run with “Riverdance the Show,” where he performed on stages around the world—including Radio City Music Hall (NYC), Pantages Theatre (LA), numerous Fox Theatres around the US, and the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, Mr. Hutchins was invited to perform at the White House for the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and other celebrity guests. Corey has been greatly influenced many by jazz musicians. He has performed with the late Dave Brubeck, Donald Harrison Jr., the late Jackie McLean, and the Curtis Brothers. In 2013, Corey co-formed “Medusa” (A CT based live jazz band). In February of this year, Hutchins was caste as the soloist tap dancer in the Apollo Theatre’s Europe Tour of “James Brown-Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance.” Hutchins joined the cast of “Soulwalk” (2015) and “Vibe” (2017), both are original tap dance shows directed by Hillary Marie Atkinson, with performances in New Jersey. He makes his 3rd appearance this year in the New Jersey Tap Festival, where he is again a member of the teaching faculty this August. Corey Hutchins is the Founder and Artistic Director of CT Tap and the Connecticut Tap Intensive, which begins its 4th annual run in October of 2017.
William is a 23-year-old professional dancer born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Specializing in Hiphop and Tap, William started dancing at the age of 16 at Northstar Dance Academy with Kandie Melendez and Corey Hutchins . In 2012, William graduated as a Dance Major from Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts under the guidance of teachers Kim Stroud, Judy Tolomea, Clare O’Donnell, and many others. Over the years he has performed in various venues across the tristate area. He is a Senior Company Member and TapChoreographer of Hartford based CONNetic Dance, under the Direction of Carolyn Paine. In 2015, he performed in Boston Tap Company’s Rhythm in the Night with CT Tap, under the direction of Corey Hutchins. In addition to his work with CONNetic and CT Tap, he is currently touring as a Backup Dancer in The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience (UMX), starring Joby Rogers, all across the United States.
Keith Leonhardt, a Connecticut native, is a tap dancer and teaching artist who considers himself a disciple of the art of tap dancing. He began his professional training at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the jazz music program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and is a 2017 alumni of the Tap Program at The School of Jacob’s Pillow—under the direction of Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia-Sumbry Edwards. He has studied with tap luminaries such as Dianne Walker, Clare O Donnell, Sam Weber, and Jason Bernard. He is currently a company member of CT Tap—under the direction of Corey Hutchins. He has made appearances at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage, The Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon, DFX Entertainment & Six Flags New England Shows & Entertainment Department. As a teacher and educator, Keith has taught for Jason Warley’s Man in Motion and serves on faculty of Sacred Heart University’s Dance Department, The National Association for Dance and Affiliated Arts, Work It Dance Challenge Competition and Convention Tour, True Talent Dance Competition, Dance 10 Performing Arts Center, The Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, and Rockwell Dance Center—where he now serves as the artistic director for the tap program.
Kerry Kincy: Our Producer
Kerry Kincy is an artist who collaborates with private, state, and non profit organizations throughout CT—teaching her expressive arts residency, Telling Voices, to children and adults in underserved and often invisible populations in the community, schools, and in residential treatment facilities. Kerry is a core faculty member with the Shared Abilities Dance Ensemble, where dancers with and without physical disabilities work in partnership to create performances.
Kerry produces Artists for World Peace’s annual Dance for Peace, which began in 2013 as a way of featuring diverse professional and cultural dancers and dance companies to perform with the International Peace Belt, which has been worn by artists all over the world.
Her work with the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc., (Moving Matters!), afforded her the opportunity to teach in Dreamings; What I Want to Say, and What I Want to Tell You (The Mom’s and Kid’s Project), at York Women’s Prison— which focused on issues pertaining to the women behind the razor wire. She performed in the professional version of Dreamings that was presented to the public at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
Kerry is a proud mother of two daughters, Zoe and Frankie Blu. She graduated from Trinity College with a self-designed degree in Learning, Movement, and Social Development. Kerry continued to build her craft studying Expressive and Creative Art Therapies at Salve Regina, The New School and Movement Therapy at Antioch University. She completed her Masters in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven.
The proceeds from this year’s dance will be used to support our 2018 project: Native Eyes! We will be bringing our eye care team to South Dakota to provide free eye care to the people of the Rosebud Reservation.