TNCC Gears Up for 2012 Homecoming Celebration

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Homecoming 2012Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is gearing up for its sixth annual homecoming celebration. Themed “Gator Gras,” the festivities run Feb. 13 – 16.

Kicking off the week-long activities is Green and Gold Day on Feb. 13 and judging for a college-wide door decorating contest. Leading up to homecoming week, departments and groups can decorate their doors Feb. 6-10. For contest entry details, contact the Office of Student Activities at 825-2863. The College will add a twist to Valentine’s Day with “Valen Gras” on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Wythe Hall Gallery on the Hampton campus. Open students, faculty and staff, the event is an expo providing Valentine Day’s and Mardi Gras giveaways, Mardi Gras mask-making crafts and ballroom dance lessons.

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National Dance Company Brings Bollywood and Kathak to TNCC

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Nepal Dance School will present Bollywood and Kathak dance November 2 at noon at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC). Free and open to the public, the performance will be held in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Nepal Dance School uses dance and music instruction and performances to promote cultural enrichment and diversity. The performers entertain and educate audiences with Bollywood, which features a mix of folk and classical Indian choreography, and Kathak, one of the eight major classical dances in India. Visual presentations and audience participation enhance the learning opportunities.

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TNCC is Site of Hampton Roads Ballet’s Spring Performance

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The Hampton Roads Civic Ballet will present its spring performance at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall on the Hampton campus.

The Hampton Roads Civic Ballet, which holds residency at TNCC’s auditorium, was founded in 1948 and provides a pre-professional performing experience for intermediate and advanced students at the Academy of Ballet in Hampton. The nonprofit organization combines classical ballet and contemporary choreography to provide students with a versatile dance experience while teaching them to appreciate set design, costume creation and more. The students present two productions annually in addition to community performances at local festivals, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
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Internationally Known African Drummers and Dance Company WACONGO to Perform at TNCC

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In honor of Black History Month, internationally known drummers and dance company, WACONGO, will be performing in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College, on Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, this event is being sponsored by the TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee.

Led by artistic director Elie Kihonia, WACONGO Dance Company is a traditional ensemble of master drummers, dancers and musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who perform the ancestral songs and dances of Central Africa. WACONGO artists have extensively toured Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

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Celebrate African-American History Month

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Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate African-American History Month with a wide array of cultural events and presentations to be held on the College’s Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses. TNCC students and members of the community at large are invited to celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of the African American community. All activities are free, open to the general public and suitable for families. Highlights are listed below. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 825-2863.

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TNCC Presents Nego Gato Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble

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The Mary T.Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College brings to stage the explosive power of Afro-Brazilian drum and dance with the presentation of Nego Gato Music and Dance Ensemble. The performance will take place on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This presentation is suitable for families with children.

Nego Gato Music and Dance Ensemble perform all varieties of Brazilian music ranging from Samba to Merengue to Pagode. The group has performed with Patti Labelle, at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center with International recording artist Daniella Mercury and has just performed with the Originators of Samba Reggae, Oludum, at the Celebrate Brooklyn Series and performed at the Lincoln Center August 25th in New York. Gato’s soulful compositions tell of his life growing up in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, his life playing Capoeira in the streets and his desire for more beauty and fairness in the world. Nego Gato appears through support of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. www.negogato.org

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