ShaLeigh Dance Works is pleased to announce that its 2nd annual gala will be held at Reality Ballroom on December 7th at 7pm. Featuring inspiring guest speakers who create art with impact, the festive evening will include powerful performances, delicious wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres, a wellness raffle and silent auction, and an artist after-party! Tickets are now on sale and the company is in need of sponsors to expand their accessible outreach programs, living wages, and performance programming.
As an important event for the Company, Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford hopes to get plenty of sponsors on board:
“We firmly believe that we make a huge difference to the lives of people in our community. But in order to raise the necessary funds, we need all the help we can get. It’s going to be a wonderful evening with some of Durham’s most passionate and diverse performing artists, and we’re looking forward to everyone’s love and support!”
Comerford launched the company’s first full season one year ago, taking it from a pick up company to one that offers regular performances throughout the year, touring and outreach programming. This past year, the company produced 22 performances, 4 touring productions, 3 world premieres, 20 outreach classes, and 8 community workshops, among numerous other outreach initiatives.
“As a choreographer turned business owner, I continue to envision and go beyond all that I have ever known,” Comerford explains. “These dancers and the work we are creating have so much potential. The gala will help raise enough money to bring our work and our outreach to an even higher level of excellence from which our community can benefit.”
Friday, December 7th
ShaLeigh Dance Works Fundraiser
An Inspired World of Dance and Theatre
ABOUT THE COMPANY
ShaLeigh Dance Works, under the artistic leadership of ShaLeigh Comerford, celebrates its fourth season in North Carolina this year. ShaLeigh Dance Works believes in the power of diversity and challenging the status quo. They create socially conscious dance-theatre work and outreach programs with impact. This past year, the Company produced 22 performances, 4 touring productions, 3 world premieres, 20 outreach classes, and 8 community workshops. They provided a platform for 2000 community members by hosting Durham’s March for Our Lives. The Company’s outreach initiatives also included bringing visibility to individuals with and without special needs by creating two public performances at DPAC and providing clothing and blankets to individuals who are homeless. Known for their diverse ensemble that consists of Durham’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theatre, performance art, heels, martial art, and contemporary ballet, SDW has had the privilege of receiving commissions, residencies and most recently their first NYC tour since landing in NC. Their recent premiere of I Promise was listed by Byron Woods of criticalfragilistic.blogspot.com as one of “Five exceptional dances from 2017,” and their ADF Here and Now: NC Dances premiere of Dedicated to [ ] because of [ ] (and vice versa) was hailed by Kate Dobbs Ariail of the CVNC.org as “a marvelous surprise … with its mix of Gaga-style freedom of movement and balletic elegance … well suited to the complex balance of dance theatre.” The Company was recently awarded The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant for their upcoming world premiere of Bamboo Wind which will premiere at The Fruit this January.
ShaLeigh Dance Works presents Revolutionaries in the Dark, a benefit Gala for living wages, accessible outreach programs, and continued artistic innovation as the company celebrates their 4th Season in North Carolina. December 7 at 7pm. Reality Ballroom, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham NC.
LOCATION & TICKETS
Revolutionaries in the Dark will be held at our beloved Reality Ballroom, located at 916 Lamond Ave. The venue is fully accessible and equipped with restrooms sufficient to accommodate large events at the space. Parking is available free of charge in the lot behind the building. Lamond Avenue is also available for overflow parking. VIP and General Admission tickets are available at https://shaleighdanceworks.com/revolutionaries/
For more information about the company or the fundraiser, visit their website at: www.shaleighdanceworks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shaleighdance works
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