We are so glad to continue our Artist in Residency Series with Social Movement Contemporary Dance. What a great and full week of dancing we had!
Elijah Gibson, Founder and Artistic Director, Social Movement Contemporary Dance
What do you find unique about the AHHS Dance Program?
One of the things I find unique is that AHHS Dance Program is an actual Dance Program that exists within a public school system, that is open to all students. As apposed to having to audition to get accepted into the school.
What stood out to you most about our students?
My company was there for a week and provided a different genre of dance each day, and on each of those days the students were enthusiastic and open to learning.
Why do you feel it is important for young dancers to work with professionals?
Representation is everything. Them getting the opportunity to work with professionals allows them to experience professional dancers on a personal level. They find out that the professional dancers all had beginnings such as theirs, making the students dream more of an attainable reality.
Social Movement Contemporary Dance was founded under the Artistic Directorship of Elijah Alhadji Gibson. Gibson has a passion for creating work that evokes thought and excites action. It is this passion that moved Gibson to start Social Movement Contemporary Dance the summer of 2018. Social Movement Contemporary Dance (SMCD) promotes social consciousness through the creative arts and community engagement. SMCD focuses on presenting work to diverse audiences that reflects the historical ramifications of social injustices against all people and their impact on contemporary social ideas and values.
Make sure to check out the RDC's performance of SMCD's Choreography this coming January!!