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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DanceAfrica 35th Anniversary Celebration

BAM toasted 35 extraordinary years of DanceAfrica this past Sunday night at the DanceAfrica 35th Anniversary Celebration. Over 400 guests celebrated in the Lepercq Space following the afternoon's performance, including DanceAfrica founder and artistic director Baba Chuck Davis, the evening's performing companies and past alumni companies, New York State and City government officials, and BAM donors. 

Click below for more highlights and photos from this historic event!
For a full Event Album, click here.

This year's DanceAfrica program features a record number of DanceAfrica alumni companies returning to BAM to celebrate this major anniversary. In addition to the always incredible onstage performances, throughout Memorial Day Weekend our neighborhood will be buzzing with the annual bazaar, a special art exhibit, cinema programs, a late night dance party, and more!

After an amazing opening performance, the festivities on Sunday continued well into the night at the after party with the artists. BAM's new Vice President of Education and Humanities, Stephanie Hughley, spoke briefly and acknowledged the Samuel H. Scripps Scholarship Award winners who had been honored earlier in the evening, as well as leadership from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, who are now in their 16th year of partnership with BAM for DanceAfrica.

After enjoying a delicious southern-inspired menu from caterer Great Performances and desserts from local restaurants Cake Man Raven, Ample Hills Creamery, and DOC D Southern Desserts, both the artists and guests showed off their dance moves with a rousing impromptu dance party. Check out pics from the night below!

Baba Chuck Davis and New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker

Baba Chuck Davis (center) and BAM Vice President of Education and Humanities Stephanie Hughley (far right) with the Samuel H. Scripps Award winners
DanceAfrica Elders and members from Bedford Styvesant Restoration cut the cake generously provided by local bakery Cake Man Raven

Members of the company continued the infectious spirit of DanceAfrica at the party with an impromptu dance party

Local businesses Ample Hills Creamery
and DOC D Southern Desserts provided the evening's scrumptious desserts

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