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Dailey and Vincent African Dance Group

Dailey and Vincent

Nguzo Saba African American Drum and Dance
Coach Frank Beamer Dr. Ted Maier
 Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer Dr. Ted Maier

DANVILLE, VA, March 7, 2012 - Danville Community College’s annual Celebration of the Arts enters its 30th year of providing entertainment for students and the community. This year’s event offers a variety of activities. The Celebration starts March 26. A highlight will be a bluegrass music performance by Dailey & Vincent, while the Robert V. Shaver 2012 Lecture Series will feature Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer. Literary and musical performances as well as events designed specifically for children are also being incorporated into the festivities.

“We have an exciting line up this year that we believe will be of interest to our students and the community,? says Dr. Mark Wallace, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Celebration of the Arts Planning Committee. “We invite the community to come join us.?

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 26, 2012
Dailey & Vincent, three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group (IBMA) and Entertainer of the Year, will kick off the DCC Celebration of the Arts. The group is composed of Jamie Dailey (guitar, bass, and vocals) Darrin Vincent (mandolin, guitar, bass, and vocals), Christian Davis (guitar, vocals), Joe Dean, Jr. (banjo, guitar, and vocals), Jeff Parker (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and B.J. Cherryholmes (fiddle). They have won numerous awards including a Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards in 2011, and they earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They have released five albums for Rounder Records, with their most recent recording, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, which was released in 2012. The performance is sponsored by DCC and Averett University. Students with valid identification are admitted free of charge. General admission tickets are $7.50 and are available from DCC (434.797.8471) or Averett (434.791.5620). Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Location: Averett University’s Pritchett Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Dr. Ted Maier, DCC Professor of English will read several poems from his newly published translation of the poems of Simon Guzman, an Ecuadorian poet whose works have received worldwide acclaim. Guzman has been the recipient of various awards in several countries. Maier, a native of Rochester, NY, has taught literature and English composition, as well as Spanish (in which he is fluent) for more than 20 years at various colleges. He is the author of several collections of poetry and translations, and is published in numerous literary journals. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1984 and 1989, respectively. In 2001, he completed his Ph.D. in 19th and 20th Century American Literature from Miami University of Ohio. Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
“Sleeping Beauty? will be presented by the Union Street Theatre/DMR Adventures. Sleeping Beauty awakens in all her glory! The Princess Aurora is born and celebrated throughout the land until the Wicked Fairy and her Gruesome Ghouls cast their evil spell. Song and dance fill the stage as Aurora grows among the Good Fairies and lovable Forest Animals where she meets the handsome Prince of her dreams. When Aurora pricks her finger, everyone including the audience participate in the great battle to free the beauty from her untimely sleep! DCC student Denisha Saunders, a Liberal Arts/Humanities Specialization major, is cast in the starring role of Morgana. Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Nguzo Saba African American Drum and Dance of Danville was founded by Baba Raymond Robertson. The group, composed of adults and children, brings energy, excitement and history of African drum and dance, songs and traditions to audiences of all ages. Their selections include West African and American drumming and dance. Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
“Leadership? will be discussed by legendary Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer as a part of the 2012 Robert V. Shaver Lecture Series. Under Beamer (who came to Tech in 1987), Tech football has enjoyed unprecedented success with 19 consecutive bowl appearances, eight straight seasons of 10 wins or more, four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, two BCS bowl victories and a trip to the national championship game. A native of Mt. Airy, N.C., Beamer also played for and is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He has served in coaching positions in Maryland, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

The lecture series is named in memory of Robert V. (Bob) Shaver, a long-time English professor, film buff and former DCC administrator. Shaver began his teaching career at the Danville Branch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) in September 1958, and he was among the faculty who assisted with the transition as Danville-VPI merged with Danville Technical Institute to form Danville Community College in 1968. In addition to serving as a Division Chair, Shaver also served as Interim Dean of Instruction and Student Development and as the college’s interim president during January and February 1992. Shaver was also responsible for the creation of many arts and humanities projects at the college, including the annual DCC Celebration of the Arts. DCC is proud to have Coach Beamer speak as part of this series. Time: 11 a.m. Location: DCC Student Center.

All events are open to the public. For more information about DCC’s Celebration of the Arts, contact Dr. Mark Wallace at 434.797.8471; toll-free: 800.560.4291, ext 8471; or
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