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The Pittsburgh Creativity Project
 
ACKNOWLEDGES
Jones Summer Dance Intensive
for creating a program that pro-actively acknowledges the region’s ethnic demographics and traditions, and provides specialized training and performing opportunities for Pittsburgh
THROUGH OUR LENS
Our nominator(s) said:
Under the direction of Greer Reed-Jones, a talented team of aestheticians created a summer workshop that allowed regional adolescent dancers to harness natural skill, adopt new skills, and extend themselves exponentially in the process. Informed by African rhythms and movement, the dance forms that were explored--jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet among them--mirrored the multicultural student enrollment. Almost a metaphor; the variety of programming, based in African roots spoke powerfully about the relevance, resilience and nobility of African and African American art forms.
The 2008 Jones Summer Dance Intensive, a free two-week dance workshop for youth, took place at Dance Alloy Theater in Friendship. Greer Reed-Jones, Director of Education for Dance Alloy Theater, is the founder and artistic director of the Summer Intensive program. She says that the summer experience for youth was designed to nurture and foster the growth and development of each student artist, both technically and professionally.
These photographs were taken during the second week of the workshop in August of 2008.  
Enrollees (ages 11-23) had to audition for a spot in this free program. Students came from the North Side, the North and South Hills, the East End, CAPA High School and Slippery Rock University.
Betty Love Gibbs, a dance/tap instructor who taught at CAPA for 16 years, stopped by to visit the class.  
The students take a break while instructor Mia Jennings (front) talks technique.
Mrs. Reed-Jones (pictured here instructing dancers) believes that developing and presenting art forms representative of diverse cultures, strengthens the cultural fabric of the community at large.
Instructors Desiree Davis and Mia Jennings work with students in an African Technique class.
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