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Former Alvin Ailey Dancer to Lecture on Cultural Impact of Black Dance

November 2, 2006

Two dancersCarl Paris, a former company member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will lecture on the cultural impact of black dance phenomena on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 7 p.m. in Mandell Theater(33rd and Chestnut Streets). The discussion is free and open to the public.

Paris will screen David LaChapelle's RIZE as an example of the phenomena. The film documents "Clowning" and "Krumping," two hip-hop dance styles born on the streets of South Central Los Angeles.After the screening, Paris will discuss how black dance phenomena are part of American culture.

The discussion is presented by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's department of performing arts dance program and is co-sponsored by Drexel's Africana studies program and the Mandel Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). For more information, call 215-895-ARTS or visit