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February 12, 2003

Concert highlights history of black dance

The history of black dance spans centuries and continents - and Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) celebrates this rich legacy in a concert presented by California State University, Sacramento.Photo: Nicole Meuker, Melinda McClain

The production, titled “Heritage,” is scheduled for 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19-21 and Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 27 to March 1 at the University’s Dancespace in Solano Hall, room 1010.

From Africa to America, from traditional drumming to modern hip-hop, the program traces the history of black dance from its origins in Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and America. With roots extending from ritual dance to samba and beyond, the performance brings together a number of signature pieces from S/BAD’s repertoire.

The program includes the work of a number of S/BAD choreographers under the direction of professor Linda Goodrich. The works highlight dance forms and styles inherited over generations and inspired by musical genres such as drumming, gospel, jazz and hip-hop.

Photo:  Nicole Meuker, Jeannette Farris, Melinda McClain The concert is produced in honor of Black History Month, which began as a one-week celebration in 1926.

Tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for CSUS students and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 and at www.tickets.com. For media assistance, contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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