UD and community partners collaborate on ‘Suite Blackness’

Last month, Everett and other Gateway teachers took part in a professional development workshop about “Suite Blackness” conducted by Lynnette Young Overby, professor in the department of theatre an director of dance minor program and Ashley SK Davis, the artistic director for the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE). The workshop helped Everett and his colleagues infuse not only the music but the history of Black dance in film into their classrooms. Davis participated in “Suite Blackness” in multiple ways. Beyond her work with DIAE, she choreographed a piece for the show called “Brand New Day.” Members of her dance company, Pieces of a Dream, performed in this and other numbers.