Young artists from the Stivers School for the Arts Dance Department represented the Dayton School District in Los Angeles at the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). The 8 performers, under the direction of DPS dance department head, DeShona Pepper Robertson, performed 2 works: In Between Spaces, choreographed by Terence Greene, a former local professional dancer and I Love the Lord, a liturgical work choreographed by Mrs. Pepper Robertson.
Hosted by the Los Angeles based, professional dance company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), the 5 day conference marked its 30th anniversary from January 23-28th, this year. LWDT joins locally based, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as founders of the International Association of Blacks in Dance.
"Watching our Stivers dancers illustrate how curriculum and careers come together and work is amazing," said Pepper Robertson. "There is a process that prepares our students for dance careers in and post college. Learning in class at Stivers and then performing on a stage such as this gives them real life experience of how hard work and competition are congruent."
The students were able to engage in and were exposed to professional dance related activities. Representing the broadest international gathering of black dance professionals, managers, directors, presenters, choreographers, agents, artistic directors, teachers - all were available for the students' inspiration.