School for Excellence: Turns Out Some Excellent Dance

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Landmark Auditorium Duncan Hall

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, under the tutelage of the Contemporary Ballet Theatre Company, the Bronx’s High School For Excellence will showcase The Nutcracker Suite at “Duncan Hall.”

Artistic Director “Pepper” and her team (Ramon Thielen -Ballet, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; Spex- Hip Hop;Glanny Pradel-Hip Hop as well as Vicky and Zoko of Lukas Ligetti Productions-African), put together an ensemble of enthusiastic students to present an exciting evening of dance. The Ballet Company’s commitment and dedication to teach underserved communities transforms into action upon the school’s stage, while the Historic Gothic-style auditorium resounds with atmosphere. Stained glass, plaster and steel, pillars and Tudor arches, organ pipes and a mural dedicated to the veterans of the First World War provide an impressive backdrop for the dancers. Principal Wade Fuller remarks, “I’m proud that our students have this opportunity to perform on stage and represent the school.”

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On Drum: Zoko Zoko

With Dance Instructor: Kafando Vicky

Ms. Pepper founded the Contemporary Ballet Theatre:

“A Non for Profit Cooperative Corporation, CBT, established in February 2000, is a South Bronx multi-cultural and professional dance company that uses classical ballet as its foundation, while fusing a variety of dance styles that include modern, hip-hop, jazz and salsa.” – Myspace.com/Contemporaryballettheatre

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Richard Trauner points out the 1926 World War I Memorial mural by prominent French artist August Gorguet, After Conflict Comes Peace.

Don’t just sit around. Sit for a live performance at Duncan Hall with the School For Excellence.

High School for Excellence

1110 Boston Road (at 166th Street)

Bronx, NY 10456

Performance Date: Dec. 8.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Suggested Donation: $5

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