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The Center For The Arts Presents Family Fun Day
Saturday, March 26, 2022
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
The Marisa Funk Theater
Offered four times a year, these are free all-day events geared toward families and introduces many young children in our community to their first-ever arts experience. We offer families the opportunity to participate in healthy art-based activities together, such as face painting, crafts, and a balloon artist and other fun entertainment.
Performers & Activities David Gonzalez, Air Aligned & Chanthou Lam’s Dance Crew
David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and public speaker.
He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence“.
Mr. Gonzalez was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience” for The Frog Bride. David has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater. Sleeping Beauty was co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater.
AirAligned started in 2002 with support from The Center for the Arts. AirAligned’s Advanced programs are now being offered throughout the US and Internationally. AirAligned has a solid reputation in the industry and through that is able to provide many opportunities for professional performers, workshop goers as well as dance organizations. Because AirAligned focuses on aerial movement as a professional performance art, we are recognized by the state of California through Warehouse Artist Lofts in the growing Historic R Street District of Sacramento under the direction of Tresa Honaker who is a full time resident at WAL. All of our instructors and presenters are professional aerialists and dancers trained in multiple disciplines and injury prevention.
Chanthou Lam is an artist/ dance instructor /choreographer and currently teaches dance at Nevada City School of the Arts in Nevada City, CA. She is also artistic director of con·nect·tion DANCE |PROJECT and runs three separate dance companies for elementary, junior high and high school dancers. She is a lifelong student who uses her artistry to spread joy throughout the community and produces work that addresses social justice issues promoting equality for all. She is a graduate of California, State University of Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Theatre as well as a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Movement Studies. Her first love is Hip Hop and found it at a young age living in government housing in Sacramento, CA. She was a dancer and vocalist with Afro-Cuban Folklorico Dance and Drum group, Ebo Okokán led by Beatriz Godiñez-Muñiz and Harold Muñiz. Chanthou immersed herself in Dunham technique and Afro-Caribbean dance with Sacramento/Black Art of Dance under the tutelage of Dr. Linda S. Goodrich. Chanthou had the good fortune to train with Ron K. Brown in San Francisco and performed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also danced with Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble in Sacramento. Chanthou is known for creating work to uplift not only the community but the individuals in her classes. She brings an array of experience and is able to pull from different modalities having acquired varying approaches to dance and movement over the span of her 33 years of training. Chanthou continues to celebrate life through the art of dance bringing dance to people of all ages, all body types and backgrounds. Dance is her way of life.
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