Karen Peterson and Dancers to Host 6th Annual Inclusive Student Talent Showcase

March 2 and 9, 2012.

Karen Peterson and Dancers, a non-profit mixed ability dance troupe, has joined forces with Miami-Dade Public Schools to host its 6th Annual Talent Showcase. The annual inclusive performance will feature 375 Miami Dade Public School students from twenty schools.

Two performances will be held in March. The first will be on March 2nd at 10 a.m. in the Booker T. Washington Senior High School Auditorium, 1200 NW 6th Avenue. Students from Hialeah Senior High, Miami Edison Senior High, North Miami Senior High, Miami Northwestern Senior High, North Miami Beach Senior High, Booker T. Washington Senior High, Brownsville Middle School, Hialeah Middle School, Country Club Middle School and Miami Springs Senior High will participate in this performance.

The second performance will be on March 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 112th Street. Students from Hialeah Senior High, Campbell Drive Middle School, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, South Dade Senior High, Southwest Senior High, John Ferguson Senior High, Homestead Senior High, Southridge Senior High, Palmetto Senior High and Cutler Ridge Middle School will participate in this performance.

Dance Instructors include: Lina Ferrera, Lucia Lund, Jennifer Smallwood, Jenny Larsson, Joanne Barrett and Karen Peterson.

The Karen Peterson dance troupe began working with special needs students in November and the March performances will be a culmination of their work together. Dance troupe teachers developed the students’ creativity and physical abilities through movement and dance technique.

“Dance is a communication tool that brings individuals together and strengthens the mind, body and spirit,” said Peterson. “The foundation and discipline of contemporary dance is a powerful art form to share. This is a one of a kind program that we are so proud of.”  

Karen Peterson and Dancers’ program features adult dancers with and without disabilities who create and perform mixed-ability dance as an inclusive art form on a year round basis. The troupe provides a positive role model for the disabled community and offers new visual inspiration for traditional dance audiences.

Karen Peterson and Dancers

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