The Topeka Chapter of the Links, Inc. will present Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s (KCFAA) Setting the Stage. There is no cost to attend, but a $10 donation is suggested for reserved seating options.

Setting the Stage is a visual journey through African-American dance history. This multi-media story of African-American dance is interwoven into the broader tapestry of history, and gives insights into the legacies of African-American pioneers in modern dance. Setting the Stage was developed and choreographed by Tyrone Aiken, KCFAA Chief Artistic Officer, and inspired by the photo documentary, Classic Black, which was originally presented at the Lincoln Center to commemorate African-Americans in classical dance prior to 1970.

All donations will benefit Topeka’s AileyCamp, an innovative summer program designed to serve children in grades six through eight, ages 11-14.

“We are very excited to partner with the Topeka Chapter of the Links to present Setting the Stage and spread the word about AileyCamp,” said Aiken. “The Topeka AileyCamp program started five years ago and has since received tremendous support from the Topeka community and KCFAA Board members alike. During the six-week summer camp, AileyCampers learn that dancing is challenging and fun and helps them in sports and other aspects of life.”

The innovative six-week summer camp is built upon the philosophy that the skills needed to learn dance are effective tools for developing self-esteem in young people through self-discipline, critical thinking, and cooperative learning skills.

Setting the Stage will be featured as part of The Links Black History Program “Anytime there’s an opportunity to provide service to our youth and enrich the community, we’re definitely willing to do it,” said Glenda Kearney DuBoise, President of the Topeka Chapter of Links, Inc. “…and Setting the Stage is a riveting piece that’s sure to educate and delight.” 

The event takes place Saturday, February 27th, 6 p.m. at Highland High School Auditorium, 2424 SE California, Topeka, KS 66605.

Open to all ages.

For more information on this event and to purchase tickets, go to: www.kcfaa.org. 

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