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Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble, June 17-20

Annual season includes a special remounting of “Tilt” by George Faison


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

People of Color Dance FestivalBrooklyn, N.Y. - Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC), in association with LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater, present the annual “Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival,” June 17 at 7 p.m. and June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. A mainstay on the New York dance landscape, the festival continues to provide a platform for dancers of color. LIU Brooklyn has served as the festival’s home since 1992.

The highlight of the 37th season is the revival of “Tilt,” by renowned Tony and Emmy Award-winning choreographer and director George Faison. Originally choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1975, “Tilt” foreshadowed the end of pinball machines and the coming age of video games. The work is set to the music of Labelle and Ashford & Simpson.

The festival opens June 17, with “Tilt” and new works from dance powerhouse Sidra Bell and the Philadelphia-based, Dance 4 Nia. On June 19, a special evening entitled, “Dance Sons of Brooklyn,” includes works from Germaul Barnes, Malcolm Low and Jamal Jackson. The season closes with presentations from choreographer and former Hamburg Ballet principal dancer Francesca Harper, the New York-based company DANCE IQUAIL and Faison’s “Tilt.”

Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street. Tickets are $15/$12 (students and seniors). Specially priced tickets are $10 before June 17. Purchase tickets at the Kumble Theater box office at (718) 488-1624 or online at For more information about the festival, visit

About Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC)

The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) was founded 35 years ago to support the creative ideas of choreographers and dance companies of color. The mission of the organization is to offer performance opportunities to artists so they can share their work with diverse communities; furnish rehearsal and "incubation" space for choreographers and dancers, and serve as a bridge between artists and the community.

Over the years, THPAC has supported and attracted emerging and established dance artists of color who seek out the organization’s experimental, yet historically aware environment. THPAC has become a viable institution for communities that have traditionally celebrated and reflected on their social and cultural issues through the rituals of music, dance, literature, and performance.

THPAC’s founder Larry Phillips began working as a dance therapist in Brooklyn at a community center that sponsored children's education and support programs for single parents attending New York Technical College. The programs were the forerunner of THPAC. In 1977, he renamed the organization after his deceased but renowned and highly influential teacher, Thelma Hill. Ms. Hill is remembered as a positive force in the dance world of New York City and beyond. She also danced with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the historically significant New York Negro Ballet Company. She was a member of the dance faculty at the American Dance Festival and devoted herself to teaching dance most notably at the Clark Center. She died tragically in a fire in November 1977, but her passion in nurturing talent lives on in the organization that proudly bears her name.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 05/15/2012

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