Arts & Leisure

Get your dose of dance this weekend with Omari Wiles

Choreographer Omani Wiles will be featured in a showcase of the dance style Vogue at Middlebury’s Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, April 21.

Looking for a last minute slice of adventure? Contemporary choreographer and dancer Omari Wiles brings the art of vogue to the Middlebury College campus this week. Drawing on his background in West African Dance, Hip-Hop, Modern, House, Vogue, and more, Wiles will offer an artist talk on Thursday, April 20, at 5p.m., and perform in a showcase with students on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Dance Theatre, and are free and open to the public.

Vogue, a highly stylized modern dance form that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s, became a global phenomenon in the 1990s as pop star Madonna popularized the style in her hit song and music video. The Sundance award-winning documentary Paris Is Burning featured the style in the same year. Vogue has continued to dazzle and evolve ever since.

For further information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit middlebury.edu/arts.

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