July 26, 2017

CityDance POP! Master Classes with World Class Artists

CityDance POP! brought NY & LA based dance artists -- Theara Ward of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Audrey Elaine Hailes of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Fredrick Earl Mosley and world-class hip hop artists Phil Wright and Jared Jenkins, to Northwest, D.C. for a series of master classes for adult dancers, ages 18 & up, this summer.

Dancers in the DC area were able to take classes in their favorite genres with their dance idols! 

Theara J. Ward (pictured) began her professional career with the Dance Theater of Harlem at thirteen years old. Her travels have spanned the globe to places like Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, the former U.S.S.R. and South America. Her experience in the arts and entertainment has touched many areas. She made her Broadway debut featured in the Tony Award winning revue, BLACK AND BLUE. The role of ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ for the Madison Square Garden version of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” was created on Theara. She has worked with artists that include Aretha Franklin, Liza Minelli, The O’Jay’s and Levert, Ntozake Shange and Ronald K. Brown. She has appeared on commercials and television specials. Theara works in Arts Education programs with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey. Theara was sent to the island of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands to set up the first dance program for the Alvin Ailey Foundation that included Liturgical Dance. Theara has helped to develop dance ministries thoughout the country. She choreographed for the “Urbana ’06, missions conference, at the Edward Jones Arena in St. Louis, Missouri and facilitated the first Community Liturgical Dance workshop at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, “Embodying the Dream.” Theara has recently facilitated a dance workshop at Duke Divinity School “African American Theology & The Arts Symposium: “A Time To Dance” and shared her work with poetry, music and dance at the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, at Duke University sponsored by the African American Studies Department. She was also on a panel of African-American Ballerinas from Dance Theatre of Harlem.Theara has written her first book, a poetry collection called, “From the Heart Of A Sistah.” Theara performs the poems with live music. The poems provide the script for her one-woman show. “From The Heart Of A Sistah” was one of the new works presented in the Genesis Festival for new playwrights at the Tony Award winning, Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. “From The Heart Of A Sistah” was also presented, Off- Broadway at The Triad in New York. From “Baby Ballerina” with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Broadway and musical theatre star, to master teacher and choreographer, Theara Ward is an industry powerhouse across many fields.