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Two-day dance workshop starts today at J.H. Sampson Community Life Center

August 21, 2014

By Junious Smith III, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.



Aug. 21--If you enjoy dance -- whether participating or watching -- today provides an opportunity in Kinston.

New Voices/New Visions will host a dance workshop today and Friday from 1-5 p.m. at the J.H. Sampson Community Life Center on Tower Hill Road. Kinston native and renowned choreographer Christal Brown will be the instructor of the classes.

Brown, an assistant professor of dance at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., said she wanted to give back to the community through the arts and hopes this inaugural program leads to larger events.

"I'll be teaching two session of classes -- mostly modern dance -- which will be open to the public," Brown said. "I'm really eager to see what the kids in the community have to offer and see the colloquial dancing provided here. I'm hoping the community shows up and this is the beginning of a long-term project. I would like to have more performers from metropolitan areas come and broaden the horizons of the young people interested in the arts."

Ronn Shedrick, founder and artistic producer of New Voices/New Visions, said he started the organization in 1993 because he felt there was a lack of arts in the community, which could help provide confidence in local youth.

"Art tends to give self-esteem, teaches young people how to speak and it brings a lot of opportunity," Shedrick said. "The arts are something that enriches your life."

Shedrick also said Brown originally choreographed a dance troupe for the organization's initial summer camp and appreciated her giving back to Kinston.

"It's great that she's here for the community, and I hope to think we played a part in her career as a dancer," he said. "Christal has been all over the world, and for her to come here and offer her teachings shows her heart and shows she sees a need in arts for the city."

Both days are free to the public.

Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 and Junious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.

What: New Voices/New Visions Dance Workshop

When: 1-5 p.m. today and Friday

Where: J.H. Sampson Community Life Center, 606 Tower Hill Road

Cost: Free

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