Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through Dance

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Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through DanceIn celebration of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and of Women’s History Month, Thomas Nelson Community College presents Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is performed by the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre (KHGDT) and explores stories from 400 years of Virginia and American history. This program is currently touring across Virginia as part of the State’s 400th anniversary.

Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia dips into history from the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 to present and includes dances recounting the life of women who were born or worked in the state of Virginia. The program opens with a work based on the court dances of France, Spain and Italy that crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers and continued to influence the New World culture and style for years to come. The program then turns to the legends of Pocahontas and First Lady Martha Washington. Slavery and the Civil War are also explored with Spirituals showing the importance of song for the slaves in the south and Battleground depicting Annabella Jenkins of Richmond and the women who took command at home while their men were on the battlefield.

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