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Drummers and dancers to perform at college

Tahoe Arts Project and Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe have come together to present an evening of entertainment on April 8. Join us at the Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater for two shows. The first hour of the 7 p.m. show will feature LEVYdance and, following an intermission, local drumming group Java Djembe will perform. The 9 p.m. show will feature Java Djembe.

Under the direction of Liz Broscoe, Java Djembe is a high-energy drum and dance troupe that performs a collection of traditional West African rhythms and dance. Broscoe has been a drummer for more than 30 years and has been teaching drumming at Lake Tahoe Community College for the past six years. She said that each rhythm of West African drumming plays a role in a bigger life story and playing as a group is one of her favorite parts of playing drums.

Java Djembe will perform for students April 3-7 as part of Tahoe Arts Project’s arts in the schools program. Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will sponsor “Tahoe Youth Modern Dance Week” April 2-8, which will provide free dance education to more than 120 local youth. Two dancers from San Francisco-based modern dance company LEVYdance will offer instruction to students at the Boys & Girls Club, South Tahoe High School, Dance Visions Performing Arts Center and Lake Tahoe Community College.

Dance Magazine named artistic director Benjamin Levy one of the “Top 25 to Watch,” and The Washington Post claims “LEVYdance is a company to watch, now and in the future.” Artistic director Benjamin Levy and rehearsal director Christopher Hojin Lee will present excerpts of their choreography and lead students in exercises related to partnering, off balance work, and composition. They will conclude the week at the Saturday night performance. The dancers from LEVYdance will perform repertory and utilize the talents of our local students in an informal presentation of their class choreography. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these two fantastic performances April 8 at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater. LEVYdance and Java Djembe will perform at 7 p.m. and an additional show with just Java Djembe at 9 p.m.

Tickets for each show are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/children and are for general admission seating. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance at South Lake Tahoe or Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce. To charge your tickets by phone and for more information call Tahoe Arts Project at (530) 542-3632. Tahoe Arts Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education with particular focus on the youth.

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