Brian Harlan Brooks, a member of Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, will be the Master Artist in Residence to create a new work with the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe (DTSF) Oct. 22-27, 2016. Members of Diversity of Dance will join DTSF in performance of that work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. The Diversity of Dance residency dovetails into a residency at the Young Dancer Workshop Oct. 28-29.
Tickets for the Oct. 27 performance are $15 or $9 for seniors, children under 12, University of Florida and Santa Fe College students, staff, and faculty. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:
The DTSF residency is part of the SF College Master Artist series that enables students to interact with and learn from visiting performers. The Young Dancer Workshop—organized annually by the Florida Dance Association, the University of Florida School of Theatre andDance and Santa Fe College—will be held at the Northwest Campus Oct. 28-29. That event brings hundreds of dance students from throughout Florida to Gainesville for classes with guest instructors and two evening performances.
“Earl Mosley is a longtime friend and I admire his work very much,” said Alora Haynes, chairperson of the SF College Fine Arts Department who is also a director of the FloridaDance Association (FDA). “For the Young Dancer Workshop this year, I recommended to FDA that we offer a residency with a dance company and I suggested Diversity of Dance. This is an incredible opportunity for area dancers and students in Dance Theatre of Santa Fe because it’s a chance for them to work with professional dancers who’ve had successful careers with Alvin Ailey, on Broadway, and on television.”
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey, actor/dancer/choreographer Brian Harlan Brooks began his dance training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, later moved to Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, and has performed with companies throughout the U.S. He trained as a professional actor, appeared on television in “Boardwalk Empire,” and worked as rehearsal director for various dance companies, as dance captain for “The Color Purple” first national tour, and as associate/resident choreographer for “Motown: The Musical.”