Martha Graham dancers lead an evening of dance at Roxbury Arts Group March 8

The Roxbury Arts Group and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization have joined together to present “An Evening of Contemporary Dance,” featuring three principal dancers from the Martha Graham Company on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Roxbury Arts Center, located at 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
The American people have ferverently renewed their love affair with dance; it’s popularity recently heightened and brought back into vogue through television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.”
Yung Yung Tsuai, founder of the Yung Yung Tsuai Dance Company and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts and choreographer and former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Company, shares a vision with the Roxbury Arts Group of wanting to bring high quality dance to the region. Tsuai curated an exciting full program featuring 10 professional dancers, creating a spectacular program. To accentuate the beauty, fluidity and athleticism of the dancers, award-winning cellist Nan-Cheng Chen will underscore their movements.

Stars come out
Highlighting the evening will be dances performed by three stars from the Martha Graham Company, principal dancers Xin Ying, Lloyd Knight, and Xiaochuan Xie.  Roxbury Arts Group Executive Director, Jenny Rosenzweig said, “We are thrilled to offer this very unique opportunity. It’s not often that one gets to see principal dancers from the Martha Graham Company perform in such a small, intimate space, and then have the opportunity to share a drink with those same dancers around the corner at the Queens Mountain Café.”
Xin Ying is a dancer, choreographer and an educator. She started dancing when she was six years old. At the age of 12, she began to study dance professionally in Shandong School of Arts and won the top prize in the Dance Competition of Shandong Province. Ying joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2011, performing the leading roles in Diversion of Angels and Maple Leaf Rag.

Trained in Miami
Lloyd Knight was born in England and trained at the Miami Conservatory of Ballet. He has worked with many renowned choreographers including Donald McKayle, Robert Battle and Michael Uthoff. Knight joined the Martha Graham Company and as soloist stars in roles such as Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze. He has worked with David Gordon on “Dancing Henry Five” and “Trying Times” and was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Most recently, he partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Ms. Graham’s “Moon Duet”.
Xiaochuan Xie was born in Nanjing, China, where she received training in ballet and Chinese dance from the age of 10. In 2010 Xie joined the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed works by Robert Wilson, Arnie Zane, Stjin Celis, Lar Lubovitch, Andrea Miller, Tony Fabre, Yung Yung Tsuai, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Blakeley White-McGuire and many others.

Top award
In 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times awarded her performance of Wilson’s Shaker Interior (Snow on the Mesa) as 2011’s best dance and Dance Magazine listed Xie as the most noticeable new dancer and featured her on the cover of the 2013 November issue.
Advance tickets for this performance are $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. All tickets purchased the day of the event are $24.
For more information and ticket reservations please visit www.roxburyartsgroup.org, or call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607 326-7908.