NDC forays into Film!
In C. Kemal Nance's documentary, Deez Nuts! : Black Bodies Dancing Defiance, Gavin Hart, Callum Sterling, and Danzel Thompson-Stout share their stories of navigating of manhood and masculinities as they forge careers as professional dancers. The film has been selected by the 2020 Top Shorts Film Festival.
February 7-9, 2019
Nance premieres his choreographic response to the lyrics and melodies of the unconquerable Stevie Wonder at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois. This Black male cast of University of Illinois undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni features NDC dancers Ibrahim "Ishkabibbles" Sabbi, Jeremy "Cocoa Bops" Taylor, Danzel "Bops" Thompson-Stout, and a cameo performance by Nance, himself.
Photo by Latosha Pointer
Bringing the 'jam' to Europe!
Cristian Barreto-Avila, C. Kemal Nance, and Danzel Thompson-Stout traveled to the United Kingdom to participate in London’s Afro Dance Xplosion. This year, the two conferences combined efforts to provide music, dance, arts, food, and fashion to an international audience of African arts enthusiasts. Barreto, Nance, and Thompson-Stout were the only American artists represented at this international festival. Thompson premiered his solo in the performance showcase and with our new dancing brother from St. Martinique by way of London, Melvin LeBlanc, danced in Nance’s hmu. Nance taught Umfundalai to a packed house at Southbank Center and Baba Maal, the international music sensation, thanked Nance and Thompson-Stout for attending his Afro House party.