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Sean Bankhead, Hip Hop dancer and instructor at Dance 411 Studios in Atlanta, as well as guest instructor at Broadway Dance Center, NYC, will be teaching Master Classes and offering insight and feedback to aspiring dancers at the Fourth Annual Orange Dance Festival, to be held on Sunday, April 26th at the Lincoln Avenue School in Orange, New Jersey. Mr. Bankhead has been inspiring dancers since 2006 when he first started sharing his talents for dance and choreography via YouTube, and has since expanded his repertoire to include working with artists such as Beyoncé Knowles, Britney Spears, Diddy, Miley Cyrus, Tiffany Evans, Drake, Young Jeezy and choreographers Fatima Robinson and Jamal Sims, among others. He has also performed at the Grammy Awards, The Soul Train Awards, American Idol, MTV, BET, BET Awards and the Apollo. Mr. Bankhead has persevered through many struggles to pursue his dream, and encourages young dancers to be prepared to do the same – to use their passion and their commitment to the art of dance to achieve their goals. Deborah Rembert, Coordinator of the Orange Dance Festival and Director of the Orange Dance Conservatory, understands these struggles all too well. “Arts Programs in our communities are under fire with budget cuts and funding considerations, but we are striving to work beyond those challenges and present our young people, and the young people of our neighboring communities, with opportunities to explore the art of dance. We are fortunate that the Arts Programs in the Orange Public Schools are alive and well, due to the tireless support of our Superintendent, Mr. Ronald C. Lee.” Ms. Rembert continues, “The Orange Dance Festival offers lovers of dance age 5 through adults with a chance to take a full day of classes in a variety of dance styles, and meet and learn from some of the top Master Dance Educators in the field. Along with Mr. Bankhead, we will also feature Master Classes with former Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Member, Ms. Karen “KB” Brown and Ms. Ebony Williams, a member of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company and performer in Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” video. There will be opportunities to hear from students and Professors from College Dance Programs at the University of the Arts, Pace and Marymount; as well as opportunities to take part in mock auditions and to participate in a performance showcase at the end of the day. And all in a safe, nurturing environment here at the Lincoln Avenue School in Orange, NJ for an affordable cost -- $35 for a full day of dance, and lunch is included! Honestly though, the world of dance is such a close knit community, and that is why we can think of no better way to kick off National Dance Week than by inviting dancers from all of our communities to come and learn and dance and have fun with some of the best educators from the larger dance community.” The Orange Dance Festival will be held at the Lincoln Avenue School at 216 Lincoln Avenue, Orange, NJ on Sunday, April 26th from 9:00-3:00, with a performance showcase to follow. Cost is $35 per student, and if you register 3 dancers together, your 4th dancer will attend for free. The festival is open to all dance studios, dance schools, youth programs, public and private school dance programs and any lover of dance in our communities. Pre-registration is available at the Park Avenue School, 231 Park Avenue, Orange, NJ or via email at email@example.com. Please indicate in the email if your dancers are interested in performing in the showcase so Ms. Rembert may provide you with specifications. The Orange Dance Festival is presented by the Orange Dance Conservatory and sponsored by the Orange Public School District under the guidance of Superintendent of Schools, Ronald C. Lee.
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