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April 17, 2013

World renowned dance company to inspire local talent

MILLEDGEVILLE —

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Cedric Hall’s dance interests and talents have constantly evolved since becoming a company member with one of the oldest and most awarded dance companies in the United States. As a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE) for the past six years, Hall hopes to inspire and motivate local students who have a passion for movement.

I started out in hip-hop, but now I’m seeing myself doing more contemporary jazz style choreography. It takes hard work, persistence and just not giving up,” he said Wednesday while rehearsing for the afternoon performance of “Dream Catchers” for Baldwin High School students followed by a public matinee show. “There will be a lot of moments that you will face obstacles and you have to really just know what you want to do and how to get there. Live everyday as if it were your last and make each moment and second count.”

As part of the company’s three-day residency in Milledgeville, a few of the 10 company dancers will conduct lectures, demonstrations, master classes and workshops for Georgia College dance minor program students and Baldwin High School students today. Also visiting are Ensemble Rehearsal Director Winifred Harris and CPRD Founder, Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer Cleo Robinson herself.

Robinson said students must not be afraid of hard work and “finding out what magic happens when you bring your dreams together with someone else’s dreams.”

“We’ll give students the tools and share the experience; the sky is the limit,” Robinson said. “Dance is within every one of us; we’re born with the ability to move and to continue to move through life. When you stop moving, you become more rigid in your mind, more rigid in your body, and more rigid in your emotional space. Dancers are beautiful humanitarians.”

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