Annual dance workshop scheduled

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Let’s Dance Summer Workshop is back for its seventh year to offer the youth of Pine Bluff an exciting, creative learning experience full of fun. The workshop will be held June 24-28 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) in the Kenneth L. Johnson HPER Complex.

Coordinated and taught by Nia Lancelin, owner of Let’s Dance with Nia, several styles of dance will be offered for boys and girls 4-18 years of age via classes held each day from 1-6 pm. Adult classes will also be offered from 6-7 pm. A new component, Best Foot Forward, has been added to the workshop that will consist of a shoe drive that will allow Let’s Dance to give back to the Pine Bluff community.

A Pine Bluff native with more than 20 years of dance experience, Nia was first introduced to the dance at the Belmont School of Dance where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics, and later added modern, contemporary, hip hop, and African to her repertoire. Her dance teacher asked her to become a part of the competition team at 10 years old and this is truly when her passion for dance began. Her passion for teaching began not long after when she became a teacher’s assistant at the age of 14. After her high school graduation she joined the National Dance Alliance as an instructor where she was able to travel the country teaching young dancers. She was promoted to the head instructor position after 3 years of working with the company. To this date Nia continues to teach at numerous schools and studios in the Atlanta Area.

Nia attended the UAPB where she danced as a Golden Girl for 2 years and held the head captain position her sophomore year. Going into her junior year of school Nia transferred to Spelman College. Presently in her professional career, Nia has performed on the BET Hip Hop Awards, AIDA with the Atlanta Opera, nationally televised Georgia Lottery Flashmob, CiCi Kelley”s Phazes of Love, the world premiere musical I Dream directed by Jasmine Guy in which she was a principal dancer and international tour Drumline Live as a soloist dancer and singer. She has also performed as a ballet pointe soloist with the internationally acclaimed Universoul Circus.

Registration for the workshop is $50/person and can be obtained by contacting Bonita Corbin at (870)575-8317 or corbinb@uapb.edu. You can also visit www.letsdancewithnia.com for more information about the company and to register early.

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