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University Celebrates Black History with Colours of Courage

January 13, 2009

THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE, in partnership with Bethune-Cookman University, will present its highly-acclaimed arts-education program, Colours of Courage: A Celebration of Black History in America, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2pm and 7pm.

Touring throughout Florida and created by THE CENTER for presentation at schools, theatres and organizations celebrating Black History Month, Colours of Courage blends contemporary dance, cultural music and historically accurate narratives to trace the triumphs and challenges of the African-American experience from 17th-century Africa to today.

Tickets are $15 with limited free seating for children 17 and under when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum of 4 free child tickets per paid adult issued a first-come, first-served basis). To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at (407) 839-3900 or visit (use keywords ‘Bethune Arts’). Tickets can also be purchased at the door Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm; call (386) 481-2465 for details.

Made possible by funding from United Arts of Central Florida, Target Stores, Dance for Change ( and Bethune-Cookman University, Colours of Courage “is an artistic documentation of African-American history,” says Dario J. Moore, Artistic Director for THE CENTER and the show’s choreographer.

Beginning in 17th-century Africa and moving forward in time through significant events, including the Atlantic slave-trade and the Civil Rights Movement, Colours of Courage “has been inspiring and educating audiences of all ages for the past three years,” explains Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director for THE CENTER, “The state-wide tour allows more audiences to access this powerful program.” Performances are followed by an open-forum discussion among audiences, performers and scholars about the impact of African-American history on modern culture. “Colours of Courage is a story about all of us,” says Moore, “Beyond race, the show is about the responsibility we share in creating the kind of world we’d like see.”

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is home to six professional dance companies and an institute for dance education, THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE is a leader in the evolution of contemporary dance and a catalyst for creative efforts in social justice. For the past 7 years, THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE has been initiating positive and lasting social change through meaningful productions, innovative programs and outreach endeavors. In addition to producing professional stage productions, THE CENTER’s programs have reached women’s shelters, the homeless, child welfare organizations, the culturally disadvantaged, the disabled and our public schools. To learn more, please call (407) 695-8366 or visit

Public Relations

Liz Poston

PH: 386-481-2990

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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