Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is back for another round of exciting events and performances featuring the best in arts and culture throughout the African diaspora. This season’s festivities will put a spotlight on dance and its immeasurable contribute to the human spirit. Highlights include a masterclass and conversation with tap dance king, Savion Glover as well as the Ron K. Brown & Evidence Dance Company. There will also be a tribute to dance legends: Geoffrey Holder, Mary Hinkson and Carmen de Lavallade at this year’s NBAF Gala.

“NBAF has an extraordinary cultural legacy that we continue to build on,” said executive director Grace C. Stanislaus, who assumed the helm in October 2014.  “What’s new is that we’ve evolved over the 27 years from a three-day to a ten-day outdoor festival and now to a three-month season with incredible activities and programs taking place throughout the city.”

Check out a few more highlights below:

NBAF Gala, For the Love of Dance!

Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta

Master class with Savion Glover

Saturday, July 18, 12 p.m. High Museum of Art Atlanta

Spotlight Series Performance:

Performance and Conversation With Savion Glover – “SoLe Sanctuary”

Sunday, July 19, 6 p.m.  Rialto Center for the Arts at GA State

Spotlight Series Performance:  

Step Afrika! – “Symphony in Step”

Saturday, August 29, 6 p.m. Center Stage Atlanta

Spotlight Series Performance:  

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation

Sunday, September 13, 5 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech

Spotlight Series Performance:

Malpaso Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today”

Saturday, September 19, 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts at  GA Tech

Film Program:

Film Screenings and Conversations: Representing Us: Black Dance in Film  

Screening of “Stormy Weather” (1943) Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.

Screening of “School Daze” (1988) Thursday, August 27, 5 p.m.

Screening of “Rize” (2005) Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to see the full season of activities!

Photo Credit: NYTimes.com

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