Too Beauty – Memphis’ newest professional ballet company embarks on Spring season
Press Release from Collage Dance:
For Immediate Release:
Memphis’ newest professional ballet company embarks on Spring season
MEMPHIS Collage dance Collective will present its Spring Concert on May 14th and 15th at the Wiener Theatre on the campus of Hutchison School. Too Beauty celebrates the beauty of classical and contemporary dance and was conceived to appeal to the avid arts lover and the first-time dance patron alike. Artistic Director, Kevin Thomas adds, “Too Beauty is an expression of who we are as a company and a sampling of our artistic voice”.
It features the works of 7 dynamic choreographers – Kevin Thomas, Tiffany Glenn, Kevin Iega Jeff, Royston Maldoom, Billy Wilson, Sandra Holloway and Jamal Story. The program boasts 10 professional dancers at the top of their craft – who in addition to working with Collage have also danced with major companies like the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, to name a few. They have danced on Broadway in New York, alongside major recording artists like Cher and Madonna and have collectively toured nearly every continent around the world.
Tiffany Glenn also joins the company as a prima ballerina, ballet mistress and Director of Dancer Development. Ms. Glenn has a longstanding relationship with the company and will be leaving her post as a soloist dancer with Ballet San Jose to become the newest addition to Collage. The company’s Managing Director, Marcellus Harper is thrilled to have Ms. Glenn full time,
“We are beyond elated that Tiffany has decided to invest her talent and creative spirit into Memphis and into Collage. Tiffany has been studying classical ballet since the age of four, has travelled the world as a dance professional and is one of a handful of black ballerinas to achieve the ranking of soloist with a major ballet company. I can think of very few people who are better positioned to join our team and elevate Collage to the next level.”
Too Beauty is sponsored by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, ArtsMemphis and The Center City Commission.
About Collage dance Collective
Collage dance Collective was founded in 2005 in New York City, the dance capital of the world and relocated to Memphis in 2007 to extend the reach of outstanding ballet training. Collage works to increase diversity in classical ballet and to present world-class dance that uplifts and inspires.
Through its school, Collage works to make outstanding ballet instruction accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, as its founders believe in the transformational qualities of serious arts education. The company will host a Summer Intensive from June 27th through July 16th. Students, regardless of their ability level, will be immersed in a first-rate, rigorous, pre-professional environment. The faculty for the Intensive includes professional dancers from New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta and California.
To see firsthand why Mayor A C Wharton dubbed Collage “one of the experimental, ambitious groups and collectives doing terrific work” in Memphis, visit www.collagedance.org to purchase tickets. Or call (901) 672-7504 for more information. Information about the Summer Intensive program is also on the website.