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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Celebrates 8th Year of Dance DC Festival

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. – From July 22-24, 2011, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host its 8th annual Dance DC Festival – a festival which highlights the folk traditions of the world through live music and dance. The events will be at various locations throughout the city and are FREE and open to the public. This year, the Commission will celebrate the many styles of hip-hop and its influences on other cultures around the world.

“We are highlighting hip-hop as a true American folk art and it’s influences on the world - not just commercially, ” says Ayris Scales, Interim Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Beginning Friday, July 22nd, the festival kicks off with Simply Marvin: Live at the Sugar Shack, at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street, NW. The opening, a tribute to D.C. native, Marvin Gaye, will feature performances by singers Eric Roberson, Levi Stephens and acclaimed violinist, Miri Ben-Ari, as well as several dance performers.

A workshop series to include several dance forms and the art of DJing, as well as a film screening of the 80s classic film, Style Wars will be on Saturday, the 23rd at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The closing event, Downtown Battleground, will take place Sunday July 24th on F Street, NW between 7th and 9th Streets. The Downtown Battleground, a all around block party, will feature hip-hop legend, Doug E. Fresh and hosted by WPGC’s Rane, will feature performances by Farafina Kan, Beat Ya Feet Kings, Mambo Sauce and others with live graffiti art demonstrations, break dance battles and more!

Dance DC Festival
July 22-24

> Friday, July 22nd | 12 PM – 1:30 PM
Pre-Festival Kick-Off
Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
performing: Words, Beats & Life | Elizabeth Acevedo | Trinity | Da Originalz

7 PM – 9 PM
Simply Marvin: Live at the Sugar Shack
Warner Theatre
513 13th Street, NW
performing: Eric Roberon | Miri Ben-Ari | Levi Stephens | Urban Artistry | Capitol
Movement | DB’s MVPs | DC Casineros

> Saturday, July 23rd | 12 PM – 3 PM
Let’s Get Physical! Workshop Series
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE
12 PM – JOYISM Mobile Dance Lad
1 PM – Pontitango
1 PM – Words, Beats & Life DJ Workshop
2 PM – Hip-Hop Dance Workshop w/ Shontol Snider

5 PM
DanceAsia 2011
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE
Dance Asia Alliance

8 PM
Hip-Hop in Film
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE
Style Wars

> Sunday, July 24th | 4 PM – 8 PM
Downtown Battleground
F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW
Hosted by WPGC’s Rane
performances by: Doug E. Fresh | E/U | Mambo Sauce | Beat Ya Feet Kings | Lionz of
Zion | Farafina Kan | Batala Washington | Da Originalz | Lyn Dancin Club | Black Cobain | Future Shock | Up & Up | East of the River Steel Band | Urban Artistry

Log onto www.dcarts.dc.gov for more information and schedule of events.

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