Company d in partnership with the Buckman Arts Center Presents “Let It Be A Dance!”

Press Release from Company d

Contact: Company d
Darlene Winters
Artistic Director


Company d  in partnership with the Buckman Arts Center Presents “Let It Be A Dance!”

WHAT: Company d will perform “Let It Be A Dance!” at the Buckman Arts Center
Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and can be purchased at or call (901) 335-8388.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 5, 2011at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, Tennessee

WHO:  This unique collaboration unites some of Memphis’ most talented artists working with the dynamic and impressive dancers of Company d.  Guest choreographers include Tarrik Moore of Udig Dance Academy, Wayne Smith of Project Motion and Kevin Thomas of Collage Dance Collective, with direction by Marques Brown.

Available for media interviews:  Darlene Winters, Artistic Director; Tracey Ford, Public Relations, and Guest choreographers

About Company d

Company d is a nationally recognized dance company of young adults with Down syndrome, under the artistic direction of Darlene Winters.  Founded in 2001, Company d is committed to creating awareness of the talents and gifts of all individuals.  The ensemble is celebrated for their musicality, inspirational impact and unique ability to alter the perception of individuals with disabilities.  Company d strives to shape the culture of their community ‘one step at a time.’

Background information related to the production

Company d’s production of “Let It Be A Dance” is the result of a three week intensive workshop that occurred from May 31 to June 17.  During this period of time, master teaching artists were contracted to work with the Company d dancers in the area of dance, theatre, music, and the visual arts.  All teaching artists were given the book The Dancing Man by Ruth Bornstein as inspiration and motivation to develop a choreographed piece, an adapted script and a collaborative visual art piece.

C of young adults Mansponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South. Company d members include students from four different high schools, from three different counties in West Tennessee and a variety of work placements in the community.

Company d was officially formed seven years ago by Darlene Winters (Artistic Director and Choreographer) and Brenda Farley (Company Director). Dancers commit to classes weekly along with extra rehearsals, which have led them to perform at national, regional and local conventions. Company d has also had numerous service opportunities to be the featured entertainment in order to raise money for other non-profit organizations. Each performance gives the dancers a venue to create awareness of the talents and gifts in all individuals.

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Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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