Thank you for your generous support of the FILES Arts Project: Dance & Music Workshop 2016. The dance classes and Showcase held at the Historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama were a tremendous success! We were able to offer over 70 students FREE dance classes, choreography exploration, dance history classes and performance opportunities. Furthermore, we were able to offer a FREE Showcase Performance to the general public. The theatre swelled with the enthusiasm of participants, parents, friends and the general public as they were able to view the showcase performance based upon what the students had learned.
The 2016 Workshop holds a special place in our heart, as Kat featured her original choreography during the Showcase. Kat choreographed the work “Nineteen Sixty-Three,” which was originally performed in New York City at The Ailey School. The piece pays tribute through dance to the Civil Rights Movement and the four little girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Kat collaborated with her brother, musician Royce Files, to present “Nineteen Sixty-Three’ to live music. Additionally, fellow dancers Mecca Allah, Chelsea Parron, and Caci Pritchett traveled with Kat from NYC to Birmingham to present this significant work. Your continued support would be appreciated as we strive to bring dance and music instruction, original dance choreography, and performance opportunities to the youth of the City of Birmingham and eventually to other cities. Thank you for supporting our mission as we make plans for the upcoming 2017 Workshop!
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In Support of The Arts, Kat Files FILES (Future Inspired Leaders Exemplifying Success) Arts Project
The FILES Arts Project 2016 Promo Video
Welcome to The FILES Arts Project 2016 Dance Workshop
Our workshop offered rigorous training for motivated dancers. Classes were offered at no cost in order to serve a broader audience. Our dance classes provided dancers the opportunity to refine their skills in multiple techniques, explore the latest in modern/contemporary movement, dance history, and more!
Kat choreographed the work, "Nineteen Sixty-Three", which was originally performed in New York City at The Ailey School. The piece pays tribute through dance to the Civil Rights Movement and the four little girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Kat collaborated with her brother, musician Royce Files, MM from the University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music to present "Nineteen Sixty-Three" to live music. Additionally, Kat collaborated with fellow dancers Chelsea Parron and Caci Pritchett, from the 2015 graduating class of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA Program in Dance, and Mecca Allah from the 2016 graduating class of the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in Dance. "Nineteen Sixty-Three" was the featured piece in The FILES Arts Project 2016 Summer Dance Showcase!
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Event Details Event:Professional dance workshop and showcase Classes Offered: Horton, Graham, Ballet, and Jazz- Kat Files, Caci Pritchett, Chelsea Parron, Mecca Allah Dance History- Kat Files, Caci Pritchett, Chelsea Parron, Mecca Allah Participants: Beginner Dance: Level I (Ages 6-11) Intermediate/Advanced Dance: Level II (Ages 12+) Date and Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016: Level I (10am- 1:45pm); Level II (1:15pm- 5pm) Wednesday, August 3, 2016: Level I (10am- 1:45pm); Level II (1:15pm- 5pm) Thursday, August 4, 2016: Level I (10am- 1:45pm); Level II (1:15pm- 5pm) Friday, August 5, 2016: Level I and Level II (10am- 5:30pm) **The Dance Workshop will culminate in a showcase on the final day, Friday, August 5, 2016 at 4pm. Parents, family, and friends are cordially invited! Lunch: Please Bring a Brown-Bag Lunch Level I (11:30am- Noon) Level II (3:15pm- 3:45pm) Location: The Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Registration To register, visit the Participant Registration page and submit the Personal Information Form. To complete registration, please bring a signed Permission form & Waiver of Liability & Medical Release form on the first day of the workshop, Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
The 2015 Dance & Music Workshop was made possible thanks to our sponsor the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, a non-profit devoted to jazz education and arts outreach. www.jazzhall.com