Feb 15, 2013

Dance ensemble will visit local schools

DARKE CO. – Darke County Center for the Arts will present the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble's “Kids 'n Motion” program to fourth through six grade students in all local public schools during the week of Feb. 25. “Laurie Eisenhower's company presents an exciting and athletic show that teaches students about the many aspects of dance,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Their interactive presentation is fun and entertaining; the students don't even notice that they are being educated,” he explained. These shows are free and open to the public.

Laurie Eisenhower, founder and Artistic Director of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, has earned several awards throughout her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Her dance company, founded in 1991, is known as the premier contemporary dance group in her home state of Michigan and is considered by many critics to be among the finest contemporary dance companies in the nation.

DCCA's Arts In Education program takes highly skilled professional performing artists into the schools, offering shows to all grade levels in Darke County and Greenville City Schools at no cost to students. According to Mr. Rawlins, the AIE series inspires imaginations and fosters creativity, a goal cited by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble as motivation for their own arts education programs.

Arts In Education is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Vectren Foundation, Edison Community College, The Andersons Inc., BASF, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Mercer Savings Bank, and receives support from the Ketrow Foundation and the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Performance schedules are set in cooperation with the schools. Contact DCCA at 547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net for specific performance times for Eisenhower Dance Ensemble's “Kids 'n Motion” or to learn more about the Arts In Education series.

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