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S/BAD's 'New Beginnings' reflects troupe's new faces


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Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) presents “New Beginnings,” a concert performance that reflects the changes in the company’s dancers.

Performances are in Sacramento State’s Solano Hall Dancespace at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 6-7; 2 p.m. March 3 and 10; and 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 8 and 9.

“After 20 years of performances and concerts, we’re going into a new beginning,” says S/BAD founder, Professor Linda Goodrich. “Primarily all new people are in this production.”

SBAD New Beginnings

Many of her previous dancers have gone on to other endeavors. Goodrich got to know some of the replacements when they performed with the company last year. “But there are several more new people I didn’t know at all,” Goodrich says. “They came out to the audition and they were wonderful.”

The University’s African-American theater group, Sons/Ancestors Players, also will take part in the concert. Group members will recite Maya Angelou’s poem “On the Pulse of Morning” with S/BAD dancers performing to the spoken word.

A total of 20 dancers will take part in eight pieces. Several guest choreographers, from the Theatre & Dance Department faculty and outside the University, are collaborating on the production.

Music ranges from Brazilian contemporary to African-Cuban to the popular, such as Maxwell.

Choreographer Nicole Manker is using a couple of Maxwell’s songs for her piece, which is about relationships. “The foundation of any beginning is some sort of relationship,” Manker says. “And this is about lots of different relationships and how people interact and don’t interact, and kind of collide.”

Manker enjoys working with the newcomers. “It’s been very interesting in giving me some new perspectives on things, which is always a nice thing about working with new dancers.”

One of those new dancers, Raven Wilson, is excited about the concert. “This show’s a lot fun,” she says. “I have Nicole’s piece I’m dancing in and she’s got a lot of groovy stuff.”

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances are $8 general admission and $5 for children 12 years old or younger. All other performances are $12 general, $10 students and seniors, and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

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– Craig Koscho