Philly Love’s Fun is launching a new series of short profiles called “Up & Coming,” to highlight unique people and organizations that caught my attention. I personally think they are going places — but you be the judge! If anything, I hope you agree that they interesting people or groups who are following their dreams. Now, on with the show…
Roger Lee Dance kicks off its inaugural season on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012 with three performances at The Performance Garage in Philadelphia, PA. The concert combines contemporary jazz dance with soul music to create a memorable, uplifting and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. Philly’s newest jazz dance company is the dream of Roger Lee, a 23-year-old dance professional from Philadelphia, PA. Roger is a real go-getter and his dance company is definitely going to get its feet off the ground in a big way!
Roger Lee Dance premieres five new dance works by founder, artistic director and choreographer Roger Lee. Act one opens with Mind Games, an energetic piece featuring original music from local beat maker Danny Horowitz. It is followed by Tell It To God, a spirited piece performed in honor of the late Whitney Houston. While the first act features all seven company dancers in ensemble, act two features the dancers in smaller groups. The concert continues with a male duet titled The Groove, continues with a trio titled And Then There Was 1 and ends on a high note with The Pulse, a rhythmic ensemble piece featuring infectious drum beats.
Lee began his professional dance career in 2001 as an original member of FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia Dance Team. He continued his dance training at Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Ursinus College, earning a B.A. Degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies in 2010. While at Ursinus, Lee spent three seasons directing the student-run dance company, Escape Velocity. After graduation, Lee joined SHARP Dance Company as a guest artist and was soon promoted to his current role of company member. He has also been a guest artist with Mid-Atlantic Ballet, West Chester Dance Works and Chisena Danza. Outside of the studio Lee works as a freelance writer for the national dance publication Dance Magazine.
The dance entrepreneur is currently completing his Master’s Thesis and is set to graduate this June with an M.S. Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. He is also putting the finishing touches on his dream—the debut of Roger Lee Dance. Joining Lee on stage is a talented cast of young professional dancers including Chrysta
Norelle Brown, Kathleen Corrigan, Angelique Harden, Michael Melian-Velez, Sara Emily Mohler and Marlene Post.
Roger Lee Dance premieres with performances on Friday, April 20 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 21 at 6 and 8 pm at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at http://danceboxoffice.com/product_details.php?item_id=27. Check out the show and let us know what you think! If you get to meet Roger, tell him Philly Loves Fun said hello!
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