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Dance master Dillahunty returns to Juneau
JUNEAU - Berkeley-area dance master Roger Dillahunty will return for his fifth Juneau Dance Unlimited Fine Arts Camp this summer.
Dillahunty arrives in town Friday, June 18, and will teach the last two weeks of a creative movement course for third through fifth-graders. Juneau's Becky Engstrom is teaching the first two weeks.
He will also teach an African Dance Workshop for teens and adults, June 21-July 2. Any interested drummers are welcome to join. Registration is still available at 463-LEAP or www.juneaudance.com.
"I approach teaching from a musical standpoint," Dillahunty said. "It's called engagement. I integrate a lot of different disciplines into it. I approach dance like a language, and like language, you learn the vocabulary, you learn the ABCs, and you finally put together enough words and phrases."
"Everyone has their own way of moving," he said. "I don't expect to come and teach them dance like a professional dancer would learn, but exploring and discovering what movement is and where it comes from."
Dillahunty formerly performed with the City Center Dance Theatre, and a group called New Shoes, Old Souls. He has been teaching children for more than 20 years. He's currently teaching with Young Audiences of the Bay Area, and the Julia Morgan Center of the Arts in collaboration with the Lincoln Center Institute.
Dillahunty made his first trip to Juneau in 1988, after the director of a Seattle studio recommended him to JDU. He returned in 1990 and 1992 with artist John Henry. Last summer, Dillahunty was back for the first time in 11 years to teach a jazz-based workshop.
"First of all, I love Juneau," Dillahunty said. "Also, this gives me a chance to work creatively with people. For me, I love the collaboration. You never know what to expect. Every year there are different people, and it brings a different dynamic."
African Children's Choir to perform in Juneau
JUNEAU - The African Children's Choir, a group of children ranging in age from 6 to 11 from West and East Africa, will perform five times in Juneau between June 23-27.
The choir is on tour to draw attention to the plight of more than 2,700 orphans from the Nkomazi region in South Africa who are facing starvation. Many of the choir members have lost one or both parents to war, famine or disease.
The group performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Juneau Church of the Nazarene; 7 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Auke Bay Bible Church; 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 27, at Auke Bay Bible Church; and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Chapel by The Lake.
The African Children's Choir tours throughout the world and will perform traditional African songs and dancing, popular gospel tunes and well-loved children's tunes. Their concerts are free, but concertgoers will be asked for a donation for emergency relief and long-term assistance.
The choir has toured for 19 years, has appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America and The Today Show and has performed with Michael W. Smith, Ron Kenoly and Billy Graham. It's part of Music For Life, a non-profit organization formed by Christian missionary Ray Barnett in 1984.
Beeson to show new jewelry at Annie Kaill's
JUNEAU - Juneau jewelry designer Heather Beeson will show off her latest work from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Annie Kaill's, 244 Front Street.
"As a young girl growing up in Juneau, Alaska, I always had a fascination with the beauty of natural elements," Beeson said on the Annie Kaill's Web site. "Family walks on the beach were times to pick up piles of stones to take home in my pockets."
Beeson's style evolved, beginning when she took an arts and metals course at the University of Alaska Southeast,
"I realized I could combine my passion for nature with my love of jewelry design," she said on the site. "In that first class, while lighting the torch to begin the transformation of a metal piece, I felt an inspiration and creativity that I had never felt before. When I design, time stops - I become absorbed in watching the beauty that is taking form beneath my fingers."