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Jul 16, 2022

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Zilkha Hall

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The Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) is pleased to announce that Battery Dance of New York will partner with PAIR Houston to implement the U.S. premiere of their Dancing to Connect Refugee Integration program this July in Houston, TX.  The series, ‘Building Bridges to Counter Islamophobia’ will include Battery Dance’s signature Dancing to Connect program for youth and spoken word and dance performances.

Dancing to Connect℠ (DtC) is the award-winning arts education program developed by Battery Dance with funding from the Doris Duke Foundation.  The Dancing to Connect℠ (DtC) initiative engages participants in creativity and team building, using the art form of dance as a tool for building social cohesion and resolving conflict throughout the world.

Up to 100 youth, ages 12-19, will be invited to participate in the summer dance workshop. PAIR program students, refugees resettled in Houston from countries around the world, will make up 50% of the participants.  The remaining participants will be drawn from a cross-section of the broader Houston community.

Battery dancers work with teams of youth over a period of five days, for four hours each day. Beginning with a specially designed syllabus of creative exercises that create a safe space, break down barriers of distrust and discrimination, and build mutual respect and understanding, participants create movement phrases that become the building blocks of a finished piece of choreography that tell their stories. The workshops culminate in a public performance in which the DtC participants experience the pride of presenting their creation before an audience.

Dancing to Connect workshops will take place July 11 – 15, 2022 and the final performance and theater rehearsals will take place July 16, 2022 at Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Masks are highly recommended for this performance. 

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