Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP) and partner organization Musicopia are holding a unique online event on Sunday, December 12, in which attendees will get an inside look into two of the most impactful youth arts education organizations in the city of Philadelphia. The day-long (FREE) High Note High Step Festival on Sunday, December 12, 2021 will feature hands-on dance and music workshops, a student Q & A, and an artist showcase. The event runs from 10:00AM – 4:30PM. Attendees can join for the whole day, or choose specific sessions.
This is an annual event that this year DCP and Musicopia have transformed into a day-long festival: each session will offer a unique perspective (and in many cases a hand-on experience) into the work of Dancing Classrooms Philly and Musicopia. Attendees can join a session with Musicopia Teaching Artist Dende Macedo to participate in his “Recycled Sounds” program to create an instrument using objects found around your space; a dance workshop with Dancing Classrooms Philly Teaching Artists to learn the basic rhythms and styles of 3 different dances; or a session with Musicopia Teaching Artist Leon Jordan who will teach you how to become a percussionist with only a bucket.
DCP and Musicopia students will also host a session during which attendees will learn how dance and music helped them during the pandemic, and why DCP and Musicopia are so important to them.
The closing session of the day will feature an Artist showcase hosted by Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Donn T. Donn Thompson Morelli “Donn T” is President of The Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, a singer-songwriter, and label owner to D-tone Victorious. This session will include professional performances by Dancing Classrooms Philly and Musicopia teaching artists, a performance by Musicopia Drumline, Musicopia String Orchestra, and Dancing Classrooms Philly students, and Keynote Remarks by Donn T.
Donn Thompson Morelli aka Donn T, originally hails from Philadelphia and comes from a storied musical lineage. She is the sister of Questlove, and daughter of legendary singer Lee Andrews– both Philly Walk of Fame inductees. She presently serves as The Recording Academy’s Philadelphia Chapter President. In the five years leading up to her presidency, she served as an Advisor to the Board of Governors, as Membership Co-Chair and on Advocacy.
Donn T is a singer songwriter and an entrepreneur; the label owner to D-tone Victorious, and a contributing author (Behind The Song/Sourcebooks). She runs her own recording studio in Philadelphia. Her debut and sophomore albums Kaleidoscopic and Flight of The Donn T received international acclaim. In fact, the buzz around her sophomore effort got the attention of CBS.com who ahead of The 58th Annual Grammy Awards highlighted Donn T as an Artist of Tomorrow. Her single, “Waiting” appears in director Ava Duvernay’s tv movie, I Will Follow (Netflix). “Midnight” single appears in the Lifetime network movie, With This Ring, co-starring Jill Scott, Regina Hall and Eve. Donn T has also racked up songwriting credits, including, “I Am Music” by Common ft Jill Scott, while several of Donn T’s other songs have appeared in various forms of visual media, including the Showtime crime series, Street Time, and in ads for the wireless audio product Sonos.
Most recently, as a special guest on the Emmy Award-winning PBS tv series, Articulate, Donn T performed songs from her latest album, Ethel Bobcat (ft Chuck D, J. Ivy, Bilal ) with &More, her band with Philly rapper Chill Moody. &More opened for Michelle Obama, toured with Low Cut Connie and with St Paul and The Broken Bones. Her new release, “Can’t Let Go ,” is a collaboration with GRAMMY nominated producer/singer songwriter Georgia Anne Muldrow.
Registration and the complete schedule is available at bit.ly/21HNHS.
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