Equality Forum to Honor Acclaimed Dancer, Choreographer and Lecturer Zane Booker

Tribute to Booker on April 29 to feature performance by University of the Arts dance students

April 24, 2011

The Equality Forum, the largest annual LGBT civil rights summit being held April 25 – May 1, will honor dancer, choreographer and School of Dance Master Lecturer Zane Booker at a performance on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Merriam Theater (250 South Broad Street). Dancers from the University of the Arts will perform Booker's work. 

Tickets are $5 with student ID, $10 for general admission.

Trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, Booker has danced with and choreographed for leading companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Netherlands Dance Theater, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project.

In 2006, Zane became the founder and artistic director of the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia dance theater company promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. With the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative, he created "Ebony, Beige and Bronze: the Philadelphia Show" to inspire social consciousness about HIV/AIDS. SLJ was named one of 25 dance companies to watch by Dance magazine in 2007.

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