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Roger Lee Dance Take 2 premieres at the Performance Garage in March


Roger Lee Dance’s spring concert “Take 2” runs March 8th through 10th with three performances at The Performance Garage in Philadelphia, PA. The performances combine contemporary jazz dance with soul music to create a memorable, uplifting, and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages.

Roger Lee Dance premieres four new dance works by founder, artistic director, and choreographer Roger Lee.

The concert opens with Take 2, an energetic piece featuring original music from resident beat maker Danny Horowitz. This is followed by Dear Chris, an emotional tribute for Roger Lee Dance’s late dancer and videographer Chris J. Brewer. The piece features original dance phrases, poetry, spoken word, and live singing by the full cast.

After a 10-minute intermission complete with concessions and show souvenirs, the night will continue with Heartstrings. The three-section piece explores the joy and excitement of new love, the frustration and boredom of love gone sour, and the major effort it takes to have a chance at romantic restoration. The concert ends with Snapshots, a black history month tribute commissioned by Ursinus College’s Office of Multicultural Services. This piece explores two snapshots within black history: segregation and the Civil Rights Movement.

Roger Lee Dance is the dream of Roger Lee, a Philadelphia-based dance artist and entrepreneur. In addition to producing concert series and choreography showcases, Lee provides clients with a variety of dance instruction, choreography, entertainment, and design services. He also serves as the Assistant Director and Hip-Hop & Jazz Dance Faculty at the new Performance Art Center for Kids on Fabric Row in Queen Village. Lee teaches adult hip-hop dance classes around the city and writes articles for The Dance Journal,  Dance Advantage, Dance Magazine and other dance related publications. He holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies, Magna Cum Laude with Honors, from Ursinus College. He is also a dance and art alum of Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

Joining Lee on stage is a talented cast of young professional dancers including Chrysta Norelle Brown, Katie Greco, Michael Nguyen, Royale Randolph, and Daron Stivender and vocalists Sasha Carvalho and Davis Jameson Howley.

Roger Lee Dance Take 2
Date: March 8, 9, and 10
Time: March 8 and 9 at 8 pm, March 10 at 2 pm
Location: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets Info: $15 on DanceBoxOffice.com

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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