Contemporary Master Class
IN JOSEPHINE'S COTTON- THE REVUE (A New Musical),
THE FIRST BLACK AMERICAN SUPERSTAR DIVES DEEPER INTO HER CHILDHOOD, ADULT LIFE EXPERIENCES AND REFECTIONS THROUGH IMAGINING A WORLD THAT MIGHT EXIST DURING THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT. THE STORIES OF PIONEERS ARE TIMELESS AND SURE TO CAPTURE AUDIENCES GLOBALLY. JOSEPHINE'S EXPERIENCES WITH A CAST OF EXUBERANT INFLUENTIAL ICONS WILL PROVE TO BE TIMELY AS THEY ARE POTENT.
Come experience the good ground on which Josephine's Cotton was planted!
Saturday May 19, 2018 we'll make history -- rain or shine -- as 10,000 dancers light up New York City with 83 Styles of dance! At 21st & Broadway, catch the ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 12:30pm, with all the advocates that have worked hard to repeal the 1926 Cabaret Law: Norman Siegel, Mercedes Ellington, Josephine Baker and performance by the Skin Dance Company. Then at 1pm, Grand Marshals Camille A. Brown, DJ Doc Martin, Council Member Rafael Espinal and Mickela Mallozzi cut the ribbon to kick off the day's theme, "The Cabaret of Life!" Passing the Grandstand in Astor Place, Emcee's Jerry Goldman and Rhina Valentin add color to the already colorful display of culture and diversity. As the parade ends at Avenue A in Tompkins Square Park, DanceFest celebrates dance like never before. Pirate Ship DJs, Choreography on Main, Family and Aerial stages as well as dance lessons by the city's best teaching artists. And there's the Cabaret AfterLife Party too...Read on and feel joy... Because it WON'T be a royal wedding - It WILL be a Unity through Dance!-
Greg Miller (Executive Director of Dance Parade)
"It is not my problem where it touches them but I am pleased that it touches them!"
~ Nina Simone
Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people". ~Alvin Ailey
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself”
"When the technique subsides, raw appeal leads and nobody is conscientious...
'WE HAVE WHAT IS CALLED PERFORMANCE!' "YOUR ACTIONS CREATE YOUR LEGACY NOT THE NAME BEHIND YOU!" ~Tina Thompson
Hi Tina, I was so blessed to witness and share in the joy of seeing your dance company perform. I have some photos that I wanted to share with you. I captured some nice shots of your company.I plan to do a dance series of paintings over the months ahead and some of the paintings will be based on SKIN. Thank you for your spirit, thank you for you & your dancers heartbeats! Thankyou for the movement that awakens us to our internal rhythm. Thankyou for calling the bottom of our soles back down to earth, where we sometimes forget that is the deep roots from which we grow ...no matter our heritage for roots intertwine and we are enriched by each others flow. - Marcy Morris
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You take the physical techniques of ballet and lay the expressive modern dance idioms on that muscular base. Mix in the influence of African-American culture and experience. Add some profound musical choices. THAT is SKIN-TTDC. I get it and am not going to miss that show. - MATTHEW LEPOLD
She has carved her own technique, 'Spirit Technique' paying homage to the ancestry of Dance, Uniqueness of its kind!- Edward Villella
"I love making dances on people, not on dancers."- Alvin Ailey
Performing Ms. Tina Thompson's choreography requires for you to be a deliverer and a projector. She always says, "I'd rather you give me too much than too little." SKIN has a spiritual energy that allows us to feed off of one another. We also get energy from pure enjoyment of the song that we're dancing to. It increases our vibe. The feedback that we get from the audience during our performance definitely amplifies our energy level. The Energy is simply infectious.- (SKIN COUR ENSEMBLE member)
'SKIN DANCE COMPANY'S PERFORMANCE WAS JUST ELECTRIC!- FIRE ISLAND BLACKOUT
Loving the SKIN your in, Come and support SKIN Dance Company for another great year of dance and creativity by the beautiful artistic director Tina Thompson who creates passion thru dance and spirituality in movement.- Anthony Deshaun Bel
Evolution Project is a reflection in human psyches through division of shared emotions; Joy, fear, insecurity, anxiety, vulnerability and strengths. Standing on the shoulders of those before us give hope and design greater destiny's for those to come. At times in life, we are all against obstacles but where we allow them to manifest depends on the power in ourselves. (Below; Company in 'Constellation')