Houston City Dance, in partnership with SonKiss’d Dance Theater, has embarked on a labor of love with the production of Urban Ballet, a fusion of music, art and dance where a diverse mix of classically trained and hip hop dancers tell their stories through interpretive dance of what it means to be black in modern-day America.
Sherese Campbell, the executive Director of Houston City Dance, along with Jaimee Vilela Navarrete, Stephanie Sermas, and Chris Thomas, choreographed Urban Ballet, blending jazz, hip-hop, modern, and tap dance techniques – incorporating the music of legendary rapper and hip hop artist Tupac Shakur.
Campbell explained that the performance was designed to inspire the audience to think in their seats, and start a conversation about current events that plague underserved inner cities like drug abuse, violence and racism.
“I’m hoping for awareness, I’m hoping for people to understand that oppressed people don’t always complain, that oppressed people have experienced something and it’s real,” said Campbell.
Established in 1994 by Campbell, Houston City Dance is a nonprofit dance school and performing arts organization reflecting the ethnic diversity of Houston, with a committed to dance education and instruction. The Company maintained an “Artist-in-Residence” status with Rice University (until 2013) and has performed extensively in Houston-area venues and abroad, including Scotland, Spain, France, Switzerland and Monaco.
For more information about the Houston City Dance, visit their website at http://www.houstoncitydance.com.
Upcoming performances for Urban Ballet are Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m., at the City Dance Studio in Houston.
Urban Ballet is funded in part by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s City’s Initiative Grant. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.houstoncitydance.com/tickets/, or call 713-529-6100.