Dancing Beyond the Borderline provides first account recollections of the Great Migration, a look at life in Chicago's infamous Black Belt through Jazz in the Alley founder Jimmy Ellis, and a forward to a celebration of resilience through Black social dances of the 1990's. This excerpt of the work features South Chicago Dance Theatre company member Shannon Washington dancing to Al Green's "Summertime" in an ode to my great grandmother, who migrated to Chicago's Black Belt during the Great Migration.
- Kia Smith, South Chicago Dance Theatre
Kia Smith (Choreographer, Executive Artistic Director of South Chicago Dance Theatre) is the founding Executive Artistic Director of the South Chicago Dance Theatre and the company's Resident Choreographer. She uses a range of aesthetic values to cultivate versatile artists including the Lester Horton technique, the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum where she is a Project Plie Partner teacher, Jazz, Improvisation, and Africanist principals of movement theory. In 2018, she received the inaugural Young and Ambitious Entrepreneurship Award from the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League and was chosen by the New York City-based Stage Director's and Choreographers Foundation as a member of the national Observership class.
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