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Cleo Parker Dance Ensemble Kicks off Black Heritage Festival, Hosts Special Performance for Kids

Under the watchful eye of legendary choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson Under the watchful eye of legendary choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson
Community dance students take advantage of free master dance class. Community dance students take advantage of free master dance class.
Cleo Parker Robinson gives 5-year-old, Azaria Moore, a little guidance. Cleo Parker Robinson gives 5-year-old, Azaria Moore, a little guidance.
Ensemble members, Edgar and Amelia, hold Q & A session after class Ensemble members, Edgar and Amelia, hold Q & A session after class

In celebration of Black History Month, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) ensemble of Denver, Colorado will kick off the 24th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF) tonight with a free performance at the Savannah Civic Center.

Parker's nationally-respected dance ensemble will present a mixed repertory program featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary choreographers and American dance masters.

Ahead the performance, local school students got a sneak peek of what's to come during the 12th Annual School Day Extravaganza. An estimated 2,500 elementary and middle schools children gathered at the Savannah Civic Center for Thursday morning's special performance.

That afternoon, members also conducted a free master class where youngsters got to meet the company's famed founder- choreographer, Cleo Parker Robinson.

Presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University, the 2013 theme is "Living the Legacy: Celebrating the Life of Westley W. Law," paying homage to the festival's founder, Savannah State alumnus, civil rights icon, historian and preservationist, W.W. Law.

This year's honorees are three local legends who have carved extraordinary legacies in the visual arts, music and theater: Gullah artist Allen Fireall (visual arts); Savannah songstress Huxsie Scott (music);  and long-time SSU professor Robert L. Stevenson (theater).

While the performance is free and open to the public, a general admission ticket is required. Unclaimed seats will be released to waiting patrons 10 minutes prior to curtain call. 

WSAV is the media sponsor for the SBHF. News 3's Kim Gusby will serve as tonight's emcee.


For more information and a list of other SBHF events, visit:  http://www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com.

For more on the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, visit: cleoparkerdance.org

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