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Immediate Release

CityDance Conservatory Students to Perform in Seeing with our Hearts

Concert Features Local Dancers in W orks by Top Choreographers

June 12, 2012 North Bethesda, MD On June 16 at 7:30pm, the young talents of CityDance Conservatory will take the main stage of the Strathmore Music Centers Concert Hall for an exciting evening of dance in the concert, Seeing with our Hearts. This second annual Conservatory Concert will present 100 of the Schools highest-level Conservatory/Select Dancers in a 90-minute performance. During the 2011-2012 season, CityDance provided its talented dancers the opportunity to work with national and international professional artists to develop their personal and artistic growth. Seeing with our Hearts highlights the challenging and complex contemporary, classical and fusion repertory that was created as a result of these partnerships with renowned artists. The evening will also feature classical repertory arrangements by Ludmila Morkovina, CityDances Ballet Mistress, who recently won the Best Coach Award at the World Ballet Competition for her preparation of CityDance Conservatory Dancer, Larissa Nugent, who won gold. Special guest appearances will include Marcelo Martinez of Carolina Ballet and young musicians of the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra. Music selections for the performance range from Bette Midler and Duke Ellington to Tchaikovsky and Alexander Grosky. This is the last chance to see CityDances Conservatory Dancers perform before they depart for Brazil on June 23. As part of CityDances commitment to exposing its students to internationally known professional artists, 17 members of the Conservatory will go to Rio de Janeiro for a two-week educational dance exchange program, developed by Lorraine Spiegler, CityDances Artistic Director of Studio Education. The group will take classes at several notable dance centers in Rio, while also performing in showings of their existing repertory. Tickets for Seeing with our Hearts are $18 and can be purchased online at or by calling 301.581.5100. (continued)

Contact: Julie Gerdes Becnel 202.347.3909

About CityDance CityDance provides arts education, professional dance training and performances throughout the DC metropolitan area including the Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, where its Conservatory trains young dancers for professional careers; the Center at DC Dance Collective; The Madeira School in McLean, VA, as well as many other area public, private and Charter Schools. CityDances community programs, located at 17 sites across the region, provide free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to over 15,000 students a year in the regions most under-resourced neighborhoods and schools. In November 2011, CityDance opened the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore and welcomed Christopher K. Morgan and Artists as its inaugural resident professional dance company. CityDance was the 2010 winner of the DC M ayors Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. The CityDance Center at Strathmore provides excellence in dance education for students of all ages and levels. With classes and camps for children, youth and adults, plus the Conservatory/Select Program for advanced dancers ages 11-19, CityDance is committed to providing students with quality dance education that nurtures the relationships between young dancers and professional artists. CityDance provides its young dancers with opportunities to work with professional artists from around the globe in order to facilitate personal, professional, and artistic growth, while integrating the next generation of dancers into the professional dance world. ###

Contact: Julie Gerdes Becnel 202.347.3909