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Pow Wow hosts dance event

Students learned about different cultural perspectives through dance Jan. 24-25 as a part of the Alabama Dance Council’s project for the 200 Alabama Bicentennial Celebration.

Rosemary Johnson, executive director of the Alabama Dance Council, said the dancers visited Huxford Elementary School, Escambia County Middle School and the Poarch Pow Wow Club.

“We invited different artists that live here in Alabama, and a few that live outside of Alabama to collaborate with them on this project,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the council’s project idea for the bicentennial celebration centers around performers presenting a piece and then engaging with the audience about what they saw in the dance and how it relates to their home and community.

“We’ve been talking with them for several months, and they invited us to come to the community there and do the program,” she said. “The Pow Wow Club performed for us, and then we got to share our dances.”

Last week, the Alabama Dance Council made stops in Mobile and Atmore, and will finish up its campaign in Montgomery and Birmingham in April.

Johnson said the council serves all forms of dance.

“We’re involved with dance groups all over the state,” she said. “We do an annual festival in Birmingham, which was (two weeks ago). This was an extension of our work into the southern part of the state.”