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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Camille A. Brown's training

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You wouldn't know it from her 5-foot-2 frame or her pixie voice, but 28-year-old Camille A. Brown is a force of nature. The dancer/choreographer will have one of her works featured when the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to the Fox Theatre this weekend. Unfortunately, she won't be here, as I note in an online-only feature in this week's issue, but Brown did have a chance to stop by East Point's Tri-Cities High School last week for a performance and master class thanks to a connection with the school's dance instructor.

Brown's 15-minute "The Groove to Nobody's Business" has a delightful Georgia connection; her whimsical homage to that artful New York City dance of waiting for a subway train is partly set to Ray Charles' iconic "What'd I Say." Brown recently discussed the piece in a cell-phone conversation during a rehearsal break at Tri-Cities.

Alvin Ailey's four-day stand at the Fox has a varied schedule of programming, but for the record "The Groove to Nobody's Business" will be performed on Thursday and Saturday nights. The company's long-time showstopper, "Revelations," thankfully, will be performed each day.

(Photo by Basil Childers)

Here's a clip from Brown's piece:

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