Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Apollo Theater, New York NY
Saturday, February 4th
12:00 – 2:00 pm
FAMILY DANCE PARTY
12:00: Dances of the 1930s & 1940s
1:00: Dances of the 1950s & 60s
Dancer and choreographer Mickey Davidson leads workshop in classic dances from the 1930s, 40, 50s and 60s such as the “Lindy-Hop”, “Boogie Back”, “Twist”, “Cool Jerk”, and “Hand Jive”
(No prior experience necessary. Appropriate for ages 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Visit www.apolloeducation.org for more information.)
This event is presented as a part of the Apollo Open House.
About Mickey Davidson:
Mickey Davidson's performing experiences include affiliations with Dianne McIntyre’s “Sounds In Motion Dance Co.", "Norma Miller's Lindy Hoppers", Charles "Cookie" Cook, "Savoy Swingers", "Roots Of Brazil", Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Jeanne Lee, Newman Baker, Frank Owens and Oliver Lake to name a few.
Ms. Davidson has been affiliated with Lindy Hop since 1985 when she started rehearsing with Norma Miller and her Jazz Dancers. Since Norma's return to Las Vegas, Mickey has maintained the group under the name "Savoy Swingers". Not only does the group maintain Ms Miller's choreography, they perform other diverse jazz styles such as Tap and Modern Jazz in addition to floor and aerial Lindy Hop. Shows presently on tour are: "Swingin' Sisters", Swingin' In Time", "Great Dancing Ladies" and Swingin' At the Savoy". Mickey teaches special Lindy Hop and Lindy related workshops nationally and internationally. Ms Davidson frequently partnered and assisted Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning in workshops, video ("Everybody's Dancing"), TV (Swingin' with Duke, PBS) and during live performances. Mickey Davidson was one of three choreographers for the European Tour of the Broadway production of "Black and Blue" Ms D. set and maintained the Swing and Blues choreography inherited from Mr. Manning.
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About the Apollo Education Program
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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