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Karen Valby — The Swans of Harlem - with Lydia Abarca Mitchell, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Lynn Sells, Karlya Shelton-Benjamin & Martha Anne Toll — at Conn Ave

Location 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
Date Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Lydia Abarca was a pioneering Black prima ballerina who danced with the renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem, becoming a trailblazer and role model for generations of dancers. Abarca and her closest friends from the company - Sheila Rohan, Marcia Sells, and Karlya Shelton-Benjamin - made history as the "Swans of Harlem," performing for luminaries like the Queen of England, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder. Yet despite their groundbreaking careers, their story has remained largely untold - until now. On May 3rd, author Karen Valby will join these remarkable women in conversation to share the captivating, long-hidden history of the Swans of Harlem. Valby's new book, "The Swans of Harlem," is a richly detailed account that celebrates the power of their sisterhood and shines a light on the robust but often overlooked legacy of Black ballet. This free event promises to be a riveting and inspiring evening, offering a rare opportunity to hear directly from these pioneering artists about their remarkable lives and careers. Whether you're a dance enthusiast, a lover of history, or simply someone who appreciates stories of trailblazing women, this event is not to be missed.

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