Lively Arts to Present School Performance

Posted on 1/26/2012 11:05:30 AM
Fast Feet: India Jazz Suites

As part of the extensive educational outreach provided through its ArtsPath programs, the Lively Arts will partner with the Indiana Arts Council in presenting a special lecture and demonstration performance by the award-winning India Jazz Suites. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Fisher Auditorium.

The program features the two principle dancers of India Jazz Suites, including the extraordinary India kathak dance master Pandit Chitresh Das and the Emmy-winning tap dance sensation Jason Samuels Smith.

The presentation of this special performance is supported in part by Dance Matters, a Dance Affiliates program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.

The teachers and students attending will have learned about both dance forms by reviewing a study guide prepared specifically for this event by Dance Affiliates. This guide will prepare the students for all aspects of the presentation, with information on India Jazz Suites and its inception, both performers, India kathak and American tap dance, specifics on the program, and even performance etiquette.

Schools across ArtsPath’s five counties of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson have been invited. The performance is also open to any IUP students wishing to attend. Those attending will receive a free t-shirt provided by Indiana First Bank.

Interested teachers and administrators should contact Rebecca Slak, executive director of the Indiana Arts Council, at 724-465-2787 or

In addition to this special performance, the Ideas and Issues series will present Upaj, a documentary about the creation of India Jazz Suites touring throughout India. They will also present two classes for campus and area students. These will be presented on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m., and the dancers will be on hand to provide commentary on the film.

As the culminating event during their four-day visit, the duo will be joined by a jazz ensemble from New York and another music ensemble performing traditional music from India. Together, they will present the mesmerizing Fast Feet: India Jazz Suites. The performance is part of the Lively Arts’ Ovations! series and will be presented in Fisher Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

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