Preview: Screen. Dance. Now. Comes to Ypsilanti


On Saturday, October 7th, the Riverside Arts Center is presenting Screen. Dance. Now. The event will be held at the center located on 76 North Huron Street in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It will begin at 1p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Admission is ten dollars per person, with a student discount of five dollars per person. Event-goers can purchase tickets online on Film Freeway’s website, or by calling their number at (734)480-2787. 

Producers of the event include Dr. Joanna McNamara and Marcus White. McNamara is a choreographer and dance film maker. She is also a professor at EMU at the School of Music and Dance. White is Founder of White Werx dance performance company based in Detroit.  

This festival will hold several mini-events starting with a program at 1 p.m. that will show “films by emerging screendance makers” with a talk afterward. From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. they will host what they call “Moving 24fps: Dance” and “Film in 48 Hours” which will be screen dancing as a workshop orientation. Next,  at 6:30p.m., there will be a showcase of dance shorts for viewing. And the last mini-event of the evening, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., they will have a live performance by Haleem ‘Stringz’ Rasul, the maker of Hardcore Detroit. His company website notes “Hardcore Detroit was voted best dance company in the Real Detroit Reader’s Poll.” The live performance and discussion afterward will also focus on “The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit,” a documentary about the McGhee brothers, growing up in Detroit and making it big time creating the famous dance known as the Jit. 

This event will also count as “Learning Beyond the Classroom” credit for students of Eastern Michigan University that attend.

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