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The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration continues its fifth national tour through spring 1999. The Nightingale, based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale which is in turn based on a centuries-old Chinese story is told through dancestory by Washington-based choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and writerdirector Mary Hall Surface. Before touring, the show was seen at the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab during the 1997-98 season and featured ballet gold-medalist Rasta Thomas and Sarah Craft, soloist with the Moving Forward Dance company. Now, with a different cast, the Nightingale's van-and-truck show brings high-quality theatrical performances to young people and families who might not have the chance to visit the Kennedy Center.

Nicholle Moffit earned a bronze medal from a field of 130 dancers at England's Royal Academy of Dancing Adeline Genee awards in January. Moffitt began studying with Joanna Jarvis, ARAD, at age five. Passing rapidly through all levels, she took the examination in 1997 and was ranked "highly commended." She will graduate in June 1999 from California's Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) program, led by Jean-Marie Martz, and will pursue a career as a professional dancer. Kate Cornish from Australia was awarded the gold medal; Andre Portasio (Brazil) Lana Jones, and Elisha Willis, (both of Australia) won silver medals. Other bronze medalists were Iain Mackay (Scotland), Stephen Wilson (Australia), and Amber Scott (Australia). Named for the founding president of the organization that became the Royal Academy of Dancing, the Adeline Genee medals are among the most prestigious ballet awards in the world.

National Dance Institute (NDI) is honoring Duke Ellington's 100th birthday with a full curriculum unit on black composers titled Step By Step by Ellington. The term will close with a public performance May 16 at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. Dancers will premiere Christopher d'Amboise's Single Petal of a Rose, and all 1800 students will participate in the finale. NDI founder Jacques d'Amboise, who is this month being honored with the Dance Magazine Award will receive a rousing send-off May 13 before he begins this year's NDI Step By Step trek on the Appalachian Trail. Tickets for the benefit are available at (212) 226-0083.
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Author:Patrick, K.C.
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Date:Apr 1, 1999
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