A Night of Cultural Dance to Help End Sex Trafficking
Come enjoy some of Denver's best performance artists in a night dedicated to help end Sex Trafficking.
Belly Dance, African Dance, Hip Hop and more!!! Meet some of the talented performers that will make this an event you won't want to miss!
Larry Southall holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Colorado. A native of the Bronx, NY, he began working with hip-hop dance forms in the early 1980's. He has worked with the Boulder Ballet, The Harambee African Dance Ensemble, Blue Moon Dance Company, Motion Underground, Longmont Symphony and Dance Theatre, Denver school of the Arts, and Steamboat Springs Dance Theatre, and has served as a master teacher at Dance Place in Washington, D.C., at Slippery Rock University, and for the American College Dance Festival. Larry has choreographed for the Native Tongue Dance Theatre, Skeleton Dance Project, The Black College Dance Exchange, and the Legacies concert of the American College Dance Festival in Boulder, Co and is respected nationally as one of the great traditional hip-hop teachers.
Phoenix of Denver is an instructor, teacher and event producer in the Colorado Belly Dance community. She teaches and performs at nationwide events such as the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Hawaii Bellydance Convention, Rakkasah and various others. Phoenix of Denver is the artists on the "Isis Wings with Phoenix" instructional DVD released worldwide in 2008. While Phoenix loves traditional belly dance, she enjoys moving out of the traditional realm. Phoenix will be performing an Isis Wings dance along with a funky drum. For more information on Phoenix's classes and events, please see her site. Also, please join Phoenix in June at Cleo for another great fundraiser - Shimmy 2B Free.
Phoenix of Denver: www.phoenix-dancing.com
Voodoo Hips will be performing a Tribal Dance number!
Voodoo Hips is a dynamic American Tribal Style® Belly Dance duo from Colorado Springs, CO.
Dancers are: Valerie Bravo Woodruff and Debbie.
For more info visit: www.bravobellydance.com
Noah Theeman-Lindberg was given the name "Poppin' Agenda" by his director of the Hip Hop Performance Team, "True II Form." He began learning Hip Hop dance technique at the age of 8 and has remained a part of Colorado's dance community since. He will be performing a free style, hip hop piece focused on a combination of Locking and Popping.
Sharaqa Shimmers is a Denver based troupe lead by Phoenix of Denver. Members of the troupe have performed with Phoenix at the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Hawaii Bellydance Convention, Rakkasah along with many local events. The group continues to promote positive growth and expression through dance. Sharaqa Shimmers will be performing a fun and challenging drum choreography by Phoenix with colorful opening. For more information on the troupe or the members, see Phoenix of Denver's website.
Sharaqa Shimmers: www.phoenix-dancing.com/sharaqa-shimmers
Koffi Togo will be performing an African dance piece to live drums!
Belly Dancing by the beautiful Rafi'ah Ruyah!
The beautiful women from Nephthys will be performing an inspirational cultural dance piece.
I’m Connected is a company owned by local African Dance artist Dede Dunbar. It was designed to remind us that no matter who we are: what nationality, color, race, sex, age, religion, financial status, culture, language spoken, emotional place in our hearts, or where we live on this planet… that we are CONNECTED to all others who exist. I'm Connected is a featured vendor at the event.
Miss Colorado 2014 will be the MC at this wonderful event!
About the Speaker: Kylie Hurd
Kylie Hurd is Miss Colorado US International 2014. She is currently a senior at the University of Colorado, studying Applied Mathematics Engineering with an emphasis in Quantitative Finance. She has earned the honors of being named a Presidential Scholar, National Collegiate Scholar and a member of the Engineering Dean’s List. Throughout her collegiate years, Kylie completed two internships: one with Goldman Sachs and another with Microsoft. Upon her graduation in May of 2014, she will begin her full-time work as a Program Manager at Microsoft. As a woman in STEM, her passion has become working on STEM K-12 education. While serving as the President of the Society of Women Engineers, Kylie has had the opportunity to collaborate with STEM advocates around the world. Most recently, Kylie founded “B.R.A.V.E. girls” and “Be B.R.A.V.E.” where she encourages students to be B.R.A.V.E. in embracing their intelligence and pursuing interests in STEM fields. She couldn’t be happier or more honored to be the MC for the Free the Girls fundraising event. Together she believes we will bring change.
Khadijah is a diverse international performer/instructor of Arabic Folklore dances and beyond. She has become a highly sought after performer, instructor and choreographer due to her unique energetic style. She currently resides in Denver. Khadijah is continuously traveling to study and seek knowledge on a regular basis with the worlds most renowned dancers and musicians of Middle-Eastern Dance and Music!
Please visit www.khadijahdancer.net for more information.
Poi Performance by Panther Pete!
Panther Pete is a rising Flow Artist and Poi Master from the outskirts of New York. Majoring in musical theatre at Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts he quickly found his love and passion for Poi spinning and Flow arts in the spring of 2012. As a classically trained ballet dancer and gymnast, flow arts came naturally and has become the pillars upon which his knowledge of dance and body movement can be lifted. Panther’s recent theatre performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Wedding Singer at Rider University, and The Man of La Mancha at The Off-Broadstreet Threatre. He is the winner of the Papermil Playhouse Rising Star Award for his work in Sweeney Todd as Pirelli. He has also performed with the New York Renaissance Faire as the fire dancing court jester, Tom Foolery, in 2012 and has since been traveling across the country fire dancing and street performing. His ambition in life at the moment is to spread awareness of the Flow Arts and their many psychological, physical and spiritual benefits. He is currently organizing Poi workshops and other flow jams with the Pulpit Rock Flow Tribe, to come in the Spring of 2014.
Samadhi Dance Company's one mission is to bring inspiration and culture to communities locally and worldwide through dance.
Suzara and the Belly Girls will be performing a traditional skirt dance.
The Romany Trail was the actual migration that the original gypsies took from their native homeland, Northern India. Throughout the world these nomadic gypsies traveled from country to country and would absorb the customs of the country in which they were in but keep their own traditions. A very important link that linked gypsies from all over the world together is their music and dance. With many thanks to Dalia Carella for her important studies of the ROM gypsies worldwide, the Belly Girls are excited to be performing this beautiful ancient dance at the Free the Girls event.
Bollywood and sword dance by Tribal Misfits!
Wine and Beer cash donation bar!