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Booker High VPA: Ringling Collaboration has Lasting Effects in “Legacy.Left.”

by Rebecca Abrahamson, VPA Coordinator & AICE English General Paper Instructor at Booker High School

SARASOTA COUNTY, March 4, 2020 – Booker High School’s VPA Dance department will dig into the past to present its upcoming showcase, “Legacy.Left.” at 7:00 PM, March 6 & 7 in the VPA Theatre. One of the pieces embraces the John and Mable Ringling legacy, a cornerstone of Sarasota’s heritage.

The collaboration began with an invitation from The Ringling for students to visit the museum to attend a performance by the Mexican dance company Son Luna and view an exhibit of works by Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo. From that experience, students analyzed how Mexican culture has influenced the arts and begin to explore the ways that culture continues to inspire us. Dance artistic director Courtney Smith Inzalaco directed the piece intending to “highlight the deep sense of community that exists in Mexican tradition”. The partnership was brought to the department and funded by The Ringling.

Genres showcased during the performance range from modern, hip-hop, and contemporary African to traditional forms like Flamenco and ballet. In another nod to tradition and legacy, all but one of the professional choreographers are Booker High School VPA Dance alumni. One alum’s, Kabrena Williams, contemporary African piece pays tribute to the black dancers who have shaped Williams’ career.

“Legacy.Left.” will inspire audiences with a focus on the connections between us and the ways in which the past shapes the present, present shapes the future. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students; available at www.bookervpa.com or by calling our box office at 941-355-2967, ext. 65211.