Texture Contemporary Ballet is a dance company that creates and presents dynamic, creative dance works that are filled with energy and passion. Texture presents original, innovative choreography, where artists fuse their classical ballet foundations with an array of other styles of dance and movement textures to showcase ballet in a way that is engaging, approachable, relatable and current.
Alan Obuzor is the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet, which was founded in 2011, and the Texture Ballet School, founded in 2019. Alan began dancing at the age of nine, and enrolled in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School two yeafrs later. After joining their professional company at the age of 17, Alan danced a variety of principal and soloist roles in classic ballets, and originated soloist roles in new works. Since his choreographic debut in 2002, Alan has choreographed more than 90 works, including many for Texture Contemporary Ballet.
Image: Artistic Director Alan Obuzor with students of Texture Ballet School
At just twenty-one years old, Ayisha Morgan-Lee became founder, CEO, and artistic director of Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT). Fifteen years later, HDAT has touched thousands of students through technical dance training and repertory, liturgical movement, composition, summer intensives, and teacher training. HDAT’s mission is to develop and train dancers in Black dance traditions, expand knowledge and contributions of Black dance traditions, and create emerging dance artists who will sustain dance in the Black community.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Ph.D., leads HDAT while serving on the board of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), teaching at The Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, and has recently earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh Out of School Learning Program. While her decorated career has spanned the globe she remains a steadfast community leader in Pittsburgh and the Hill District, where she resides.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee leads a HDAT dance performance at Gateway Medical Center Wellness Fair. Photo by E.A. Smith.
For Greensburg's Stage Right!, the show must go on...line.
Under normal circumstances, you can see Stage Right! Productions at The Palace Theatre, The Lamp Theatre, Westmoreland County Community College, and the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. But in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stage Right! hasn't been shy with their virtual performances on Facebook Live and Zoom.
Tony Marino, founder and CEO of Stage Right!, tells us more about the youth theater company and it's vibrant virtual community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preteen Acting Class says Hi! Photo by Tony Marino
Microsoft has officially announced the name of their much-anticipated motion caption camera and the name is "Kinect." USA Today is reporting that the camera, which has been known as "Project Natal,"officially has a new name on the eve of their press announcement. The camera eliminates the need for a controller, and rather monitors your motions to control the game.
So far we only know of a name and a handful of release titles that were also announced. The games are:
Kinectimals: Puts you in a virtual petting zoo with a plethora of animals
Joyride: A virtual car ride
Kinect Sports: Think Wii Sports, but with no Wiimote
Kinect Adventure: So far all we know is river rafting about this one.
Dance Central: Dance party on the 360.
Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.