Feb. 22--The Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble will open its 33rd annual season with two performances at Knoxville'sHistoric Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 p.m.Feb. 27 and 28.
A dozen dances by six choreographers will offer something for everyone, says Ensemble Director Irena Linn. "Whether you love modern dance, classical ballet, jazz or you just need to see something that will lift your spirits and make you feel good about your world -- this is the place to be."
The performances include two colorful works by Chicago'sRandy Duncan: "Inside Your Heart" and "Time After Time." The company will also perform the "Tennessee Tarantella," choreographed by Joan Kunch, director of Connecticut'sNutmeg Ballet, and will premier two new dances: "Straight to Memphis," by TCDE's associate artistic director Amy Wilson; and "Lights Out," by Ensemble Alumna Courtney Massey Kohlhepp.
TCDE recently adopted the motto of "Children Helping Children," to underscore its commitment to helping children in crisis everywhere. The Dance Company journeyed to Newtown, Conn., for the six-month anniversary of the shootings there. They performed in churches, schools and memorials, and were given 1000 teddy bears to take from Newtown to other children in crises. The dancers then went to Sandy Hook, N.J., where Hurricane Sandy had claimed schools and homes. There they taught classes, danced and left every child with a Newtown teddy bear. Over spring break next month, TCDE dancers will embark on The Children's Tour, a week of performances for children in remote areas of Tennessee.
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