OrigiNation Presents Twist and Shout! An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word, and Music

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OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center's Annual Benefit Concert Kicks Off 23 Years Of Service! Saturday, October 14th at Roxbury Community College Main Stage Theater.

Twist & Shout features youth from our Professional Dance Division performing original and new contemporary works created by our founding director Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, Muadi B. Dibinga, Shamari Ervin and Levi Marsman. The event also includes an awards presentation honoring artists for their efforts to support young people. This year we are thrilled to honor Jeannette Neill (Lifetime Achievement Award), Al McClain (Youth & Community Leader Award), and Debra Cash (Champion of the Arts Award).

Founded in 1994, OrigiNation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts program that utilizes dance as a vehicle to develop leadership, confidence and self-sufficiency among boys and girls ages 3-18. The majority of our students live in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, where access to quality dance and theater programs is limited. We serve over 300 boys and girls annually through our on-site programs and an additional 5,000 youth through our outreach and touring programs. To date our youth have performed, taught, and served in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Capetown, Pretoria, Soweto (2007); Dakar, Senegal (2009); New Orleans, LA (2011); Accra, Ghana (2012), London, England (2010 & 2015) and Trinidad (2016 & 2017). Graduates of our programs are currently living and working throughout the U.S. and abroad with notable dance and production companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company and some have toured with award winning artists such as Paula Abdul and Alicia Keys. Many who have chosen not to pursue dance are utilizing skills learned through our program to excel in business, fashion design, and other industries.

Under the artistic direction of Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, the performance will feature three premieres in addition to audience favorites as the company continues to lead the way with its unparalleled approach to modern contemporary and African dance. Filled with a roster of some of the most exciting youth in Boston, OrigiNation explodes onto Roxbury Community College’s Main Stage Theater with their signature style of power and passion. Proceeds from this benefit performance will continue to help build OrigiNation’s educational initiatives through scholarships and increase the number of youth served.

For the most up-to-date schedule for all OrigiNation programming, follow OrigiNation via these links and visit http://www.originationinc.org: Twitter: @originationarts | Facebook: @originationarts | Instagram: @originationarts

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