Dance Theatre of Harlem In Residence at Willamette

"Dancing Through Barriers," the educational outreach program of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, will be in residence at Willamette University Feb. 11-15. The week-long program will deliver ballet master classes, demonstrations and workshops to schools in Salem and Portland.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem was started in 1969 and has grown into a world renowned, multicultural, neoclassical ballet company with an eclectic repertoire of 125 works. The "Barriers" component brings dance to schools and communities around the world. Fourteen dancers from DTH, ages 18 to 22, will participate in the residency program.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished troupe on our campus," said Willamette Dance Instructor Kimberly Christensen. "This is an outstanding opportunity for Willamette University to share its resources with the regional arts community and to expose young people of all ages to the power and charm of dance."

She added, "The master classes will offer opportunities for both beginners and advanced students and all students will have a chance to work directly with dancers who have excelled in the world of professional dance. They will learn from these dancers exactly what it takes to become a ballet dancer, what the training entails and how they prepare for performances. Regardless of your level of expertise in ballet, this is an awesome opportunity."

Only those events at Willamette University are free and open to the public.

The schedule includes:

Mon., Feb. 11
Ballet master class, Kresge Theatre, Willamette, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Lecture-demonstration, Kresge Theatre, Willamette, 7 to 8 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 12
Lecture/demonstration, Hammond Elementary School, Salem, 10 to 11 a.m.
Movement workshop, South Salem High School, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Ballet master class, Kresge Theatre, Willamette, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 13
Lecture/demonstration, Kresge Theatre, Willamette, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Athletic workshop, Kresge Theatre, Willamette, 4 to 5:10 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 14
Lecture/demonstration, Jefferson High School, Portland, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Ballet master class, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Support for the program was made possible with funding from The Allen Foundation for the Arts and from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.