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Malini Srirama

Malini Srirama, an internationally known Indian classical dancer, presents a repertoire that includes the classical dance forms Bharatha Natya, Kuchipudi, and folk dances. She is a widely acclaimed lecturer on Indian history, philosophy, religion and their influence on Indian art and culture. Presented with traditional Indian costumes, jewelry, artifacts and music, programs may be tailored to suit any audience. Dance programs include performances, lecture/demonstrations, workshops, master classes and residencies. Professional videotapes with study guides are available.

 


Mme. Cadillac Dance Theatre

Mme. Cadillac Dance Theatre (MCDT) is a unique performing company that tells the story of French colonial settlers of Michigan through dance, music and storytelling. In honor of its 20th anniversary of touring throughout the Midwest as well as in France, the MCDT will present a wide variety of shows celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Detroit. These range from two-person interactives for the classroom to full concerts of 18th-century French music, song and dance. The performances, fully costumed, relate the adventures of the Cadillacs, the Tontis, and the colorful voyageurs and Coeurer du bois that were Detroit’s first citizens. Back by popular demand is the dance-drama about the African American who founded Chicago, Jean Baptiste Pointe-du Sable.


 


Pleasant Moments Vintage Dancers

Step back in time with entertaining performances of authentic social dances of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Victorian waltzes and polkas, Ragtime one-steps and animal dances, and dramatic 1920s blues and tangos. Performances range from 10-minute sets to full programs that include songs, readings and audience participation. All dances are done to original music in period costumes. They are researched and choreographed by Cathy Stephens, internationally known historical dance specialist, performer and teacher.

 


Reg Pettibone’s Native American Dance & Cultural Program

This highly recommended program is presented by Reg Pettibone, a full-blooded Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with his wife Marca, from the Paiute Nation. Reg is a champion dancer who has danced extensively throughout the United States and Canada. His traditional background and upbringing allows him to provide the audience with a better understanding of true Native American culture through a demonstration of dance, songs, narration and an artifact display. Audience participation is an engaging part of the program. A teepee display is available upon request. Programs can be designed to suit any audience. Storytelling, speaker and crafts making are also offered.

 


Sangeeta’s Dance & Music of India

Sangeeta Kar is a renowned exponent of Odissi, the oldest classical dance form of India. She has won numerous awards and high acclaim both nationally and internationally for this unique dance form that is noted for its innate purity and gracefulness, sculpturesque postures and liquid movements. Sangeeta has the unique distinction of being a high-quality singer too, performing regularly on radio, TV, stage, movies and has recorded several compact discs. Appropriate for education and entertainment and fully equipped with elaborate and authentic costumes, props, music, slides and videos, Sangeeta’s presentations are an audio-visual delight that will transport the audience back to ancient India.

Step In Time

Known throughout the Midwest for their exuberant performances and clear instructions, Step in Time brings traditional dance to life in exciting presentations. Whether teaching workshops or performing onstage, they infuse confidence, joy, and knowledge to all ages. Live music drives their step-dances from English, Irish, French Canadian and Appalachian traditions. Couple dances, squares, contras and Irish Ceili dances complete their broad range of skills.
 

 

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