February 2016 Newsletter

The African Diaspora Unites!
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The youth of Dance to Save Lives and the Haiti Dance Company perform at Carnaval, Jacmel, Haiti 2016.
Happy February, Happy Black History Month!! In honor of the remembrance of the history and accomplishments of African Americans, I am reminded also about our connections across waters and lands. The idea of 'ubuntu' resounds, "I am because you are. Because you are I am." During the month of December, Legacy Arts had the great and extraordinary opportunity to travel Jacmel, Haiti. Hosted by the noble Dieufel Lamisere, Erin Perry, Shabaka Perkins, and Nick Spivey were introduced to and embraced by our Haitian relatives. The idea had already been put into motion about bringing Dieufel and his group, Dance to Save Lives/Haiti Dance Co, to Pittsburgh for Dance Africa in July. It was the stay there that brought the idea into a more concrete notion as fundraising plans continue to unfold. More than their performance in our local event, it is the connection of Haiti to Pittsburgh, of the history to the present, and of where we are to where we are going.

May this month, and this year, bring us reminders of the connection within humanity, those throughout the African diaspora as well as those throughout the world.

Drum Circle 2016

Negril Treehouse

More than 40 people from five cities traveled to Negril, Jamaica for the 4th Drum Circle, hosted by Legacy Arts member Cindy Adams Glenn and her long time friend, Gail Biggs Jackson Brooks. Under the direction of Glenn and hospitality of resort owner, Brooks, the 3 day event combined drum and dance in the festive and tranquil atmosphere of an oceanfront setting. Drummers and dancers from the US were joined by our island family to celebrate the vibrations being lifted up. Cultures of the African diaspora unite!!

Legacy Dance Classes 

February 1 - May 23
Youth Ballet/Contemporary
w/Jean Paul Weaver
Alloy Studios

5:30 - 7 pm

*Check website for registration details.

Wednesdays in February
Afro MovesWinter Warm-Up
w/Chrisala Brown
Sankofa Village

Adults, $5

Saturdays in February
Contemporary Dance
w/Jean Paul Weaver
Sankofa Village
 4 - 5:30 pm 
Adults, $5

Our very own Jean Paul Weaver was featured in online magazine 1839. Photographer sara huny young hung out at Sankofa Village during Jean Paul's class with Legacy. What an honor!

full article
Upcoming Legacy Performances
The Legacy Arts Project and Sankofa Village for the Arts are honored to perform at this year's celebration of Black History Month at the Father Ryan's Art Center.
The Legacy Arts Project joins Yemaya Pittsburgh at the Giant Eagle Market District for a closing presentation for Black History Month
Saturday, February 27
12:30 - 5:00pm
From Our Partners
The Legacy Arts Project supports the work of artists and organizations that are coloring the world with a vision to make it a better place by way of art-making and collaboration.

Support seven girls as they continue their journey in dance. From Pittsburgh to LA they will travel to train with legends; Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Misty Copeland, and many more. Every dollar counts as they take their next step to become legends.

Go to www.gofundme.com/hdatdancetrip to donate.

One of the things we are most proud of at ‪#1Hood‬ is our ability to tell our own stories. Uncensored. No translation needed. As such, we have started a blog series entitled Who am I. Each blog post will feature an individual telling their own story. We simply asked each person the question, "Who Are You?" This is our first installation.

Full blog entry.


Staycee Pearl presents INTERIM: brink/white and Pearl Diving Residency. PEARLARTS StaSTUDIOSSTAYCEE PEARL DANCE PROJECT
Erin Perry Photography
Check out the newly exhumed blog by Erin Perry. Journey along with her on her path of self-recovery/discovery as she finds her truth and lives in it daily.
Community Events!
Bob Marley Birthday Party
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
  • Friday, February 5, 8pm
Dance the night away in a celebration of Bob Marley, and his enduring musical and cultural legacy. The world-renowned superstar, born on February 6, 1945, was a truly revolutionary artist, who delivered a hypnotic, danceable message of peace and justice. In tribute, KST transforms its lobby into a Jamaican dance hall filled with your favorite new and old-school Reggae tunes, special live performances, treats and more.


Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
February 19–20
8pm: Doors Open at 7pm

Internationally acclaimed for more than forty years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performs Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew, a new work commissioned by KST and created by rising dance-star Millicent Johnnie. Set to music by Charles Vincent Burwell and Donald Harrison, Johnnie’s interdisciplinary work traverses the world of African survivals and excavates connections between the colorful traditions of the Mardi Gras Zulu Krewe and South Africa’s Minstrel Carnival. 

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew, the final work on the program, contains partial nudity.


Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

Sabira Bushra 
Sembene - The Film & Arts Festival
Saturday, February 20th, 2 pm

(T)error follows an FBI sting in its so-called war on terror, as it unfolds without the FBI's knowledge. 

Also, the filmmarkers will join for an Q&A discussion. 
Doors open at 1pm. Admission $6.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood. 
To see the entire line up visit our site
Official Trailer for (T)ERROR  https://vimeo.com/135316423
PH:  412-204-7291  Cell: 412-657-6916
The 26th African American Read In
United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh
Saturday, February 6, 2016 Homewood Library at 1:00 pm. 

Hosted by Terrance Hayes and Yona Harvey. 
Registration to read is required online or at Homewood Library at the front desk.
"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in service to my vision - then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
~ Audrey Lorde
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