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Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble
KSCDE is committed to representing a high-level standard of excellence and artistry, traditionally preparing ALL dancers of today in the dedication and discipline to become future professional dance artists.
Our artists possess a prevalent and unwavering passion for the professional world of dance. Under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director, Katherine Smith, dancers continue to develop their technical and performance skills with opportunities to perform throughout the greater Washington, DC Metropolitan area, participating in special community and seasonal events, as well as KSCDE’s own sponsored annual programs. Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to experience a few master classes, workshops, seminars and choreographers from various professional artists to further cultivate their artistic gift. Ensemble members present various styles of works created by the artistic director as well as local and national choreographers.
Farafina Kan - The Adinkra Group
THE ADINKRA GROUP is an African Cultural Resource Company based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to connect people of African descent with the culture and traditions of Africa through the Arts and Education. We fulfill our mission through the following:
- Ownership and operation of The Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio located in Mt. Rainier, Maryland where we teach, promote and preserve African Cultural Arts through music, dance and visual art for children ages 2 through adult.
- Management and promotion of Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa, an intergenerational West African Drum and Dance performing ensemble.
- Production of an annual African drum and dance concert entitled BIRTHRIGHT – a celebration of African Culture through drum, dance and theater arts.
- BIRTHRIGHT Journeys – plan, sponsor and facilitate trips to Africa connecting through cultural immersion, tourism and special projects.
HOBBS WATERS is an eleven year old from Portland, Oregon, he has been dancing since he was seven years old. Dance is everything to this young artist, Hobbs trains six days a week at Classical Ballet Academy. Training primarily in classical ballet but also contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip- hop. Hobbs long term goal is to be a principle dancer in the Cuban National Ballet. Focused on training for his end goal, Hobbs was accepted into twelve summer intensive programs across the country. Being that his age limits him from most long programs, Hobbs has committed to two two week programs. The first being Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington, CT, and the second being the Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN. Hobbs mostly self funds his dance education via scholarships and selling his pen and ink art, as well as his own t-shirt designs online at www.citytroll.com and at local festivals and markets. In addition to continuing t-shirt and art sales Hobbs is also looking to his community to help bridge the gap. Hobbs has partnered with IABD to take tax deductible donations to go towards his dance education, particularly for summer intensive travel and lodging.