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Inaugural Award's Ceremony

Inaugural Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Award Ceremony

On Sunday June 9th, Prince George's County Dance Community Presented the Inaugural Dance Our Legacy Scholar

ship Award to Ms. Ambar Matos Ortiz.

Founder, Curator and Director of Scholarship Affairs: Kayla Harley teamed up with the county local museum in Brentwood, Maryland which honors Black Culture, Aesthetic, History and Heritage year round, the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center. The scholarship recognizes exceptional merit and talent in the lives of young people who perform exceptionally well in the field of dance onstage, in-studio as well as in school academically. It's title, "Legacy" is in homage to the predecessors of Dance who set the standard for Excellence beyond passion and performance, in honor of all the supporters, contributors, advocates and educator throughout the Year in the charge and challenge that we give to our Young People to see it through and carry out.

Ms. Ortiz shared excerpts from her submission essay about her Dominican Republic Heritage, her dance training and the gratitude she has towards her family and all who helped make her young dance career possible. As an Award Recipient, Ambar spent two days with an Professional Choreographer Bre Seals of Breathe Dance Project to create an original solo entitled "Unhinged" an exploration of vibration colors throughout the

body, an emotional implantation on the soul and a connection to the rich soil of our Earth. She performed it in the Galleries amidst the vivid exhibition Catharsis of pure expression, feminine energy, buoyant hues  by Vanessa Williams. Seals' company of dancers also performed in the Gallery with work that was chosen for new commissioned project work in the DC dance scene at Dance Place, "How We Got to Now". Together they took the audience on a journey that would change their position as observers into participants as well. Enthusiast audience members shared their reflections and immediate impressions of the performance.

The even closed out words shared by IABD Programs Specialist, Carol Foster on what is to be expected at the Annual Conference in Festival in Philadelphia.

Two scholarship winning Male Dancers, who attended this past years conference Kalen Simpson and Jelani eloquently spoke about their experience there, about life as a confident male dancer, the balancing at of school and performance and what is to come for them this fall at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Hope Boykin's own inaugural program at the Kennedy Center.

President of the NAACP Prince George's County Chapter, Bob Ross was there to speak about an exciting season ahead for the State/Nationwide ACT-SO Talent Competition of which surprisingly~ Ambar Matos Ortiz is a Gold Medal Winner for in Ballet and Modern Division!!! Synergy is the word here, at this event. The interconnections that brought everyone together made for a beautiful occasion.

The Award was presented as a Stunning Crystal Trophy, a Labor of Love Hand-Designed Check Issuance and Golden Engraved Leotards by CEO Inc. and Washington Dancewear.


This, our love and support from the Community and of course.....her entry to the conference:

The International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference
Hosted by Philandanco! Dance Company

We look forward to an excited Season of Dance for Ambar and all of our Young People in the Arts!

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