Debbie Allen to close out the Summer Dance Intensive at The Carr Center


DETROIT - The Carr Center Summer Dance Intensive featuring the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) is coming to an end soon. Debbie Allen will be in Detroit to close out the program by teaching a master class on Friday, July 20, 2018 and as special guest for a reception followed by the finale featuring all of the Summer Intensive students. The Finale will showcase their two weeks of intensive training on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Tickets for the reception are $150 and up. Proceeds help support scholarships and other costs for students who attend the Carr Center's Academies.

Friday, July 20, 2018 marks a significant day of the Carr Center Summer Dance Intensive. The day will serve as media day. The media is invited to come for one hour (times are still to be determined). Media will have an opportunity to interview Debbie Allen, DADA and other Summer Academy instructors and watch the teaching and creative process in action. The session will take place at Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden Street, which has served as the home base for the Dance and Jazz Academies this summer. Please be on the lookout for a media alert next week with more details (regarding time and location).

The Carr Center Summer Art Academies were created to provide an intensive and challenging training opportunity for passionate and dedicated young artists. Students from throughout the region, with Detroit being prominently represented, have participated daily in two to four week intensives in dance, visual arts and jazz. The purpose of each intensive is to inspire, develop, challenge and educate students who have the passion and drive. The Summer Dance Intensive served students from every age group beginning at 8 years-old all the way up to one student who is 50+ years-old. "Everyday the students arrive for class ready and eager to learn and be better than they were the day before. In every case, they are achieving that personal goal! "said Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., Carr Center president.

About the reception:

The Carr Center presents "Developing Creatives. Promoting Promise. Supporting Our Children in the Arts." A fundraising event, with special guest Debbie Allen, co-chaired by Carol Goss & Vivian Pickard. Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2 PM at the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Avenue. Reception costs and contributions: $150 (per person reception only), $700 pays for (1) reception admission + Dance or Jazz Academy tuition for (1) student and $1000 pays for (1) reception admission + Visual Art Academy tuition for (1) student. A portion of the proceeds provide support to the Carr Center Summer Art Academies and other educational programs. For more information please visit:

About the Carr Center Summer Dance Intensive featuring DADA:

The summer dance intensive provides instruction in ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop and African dance. It teaches dancers at varying levels from the young dancer starting out to the advanced student who wants to learn from the legendary Debbie Allen and her master teachers from DADA. The Carr Center Summer Art Academy - Dance Intensive dates are July 7 - July 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuition is $700.00 for the two week session.

About The Carr Center:

The Carr Center is a multidisciplinary cultural arts center founded in 1991, now working with a network of Community Hubs in some of Metro Detroit's most cultural neighborhoods including Bloomfield Hills, Downtown Detroit, Midtown and Corktown. The organization brings high-quality arts, cultural and education experiences to metro-Detroit and provides global transmission of the city's growing artist community. For more information, please call The Carr Center at 313-965-8430 or visit


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