BLACK KINGS DANCE TOO (2019)
"Black Kings Dance Too" is a Dance Short created by the Artistic Director Kelly Hamlin. The purpose of this film was to combat the negative stereotypes of black men in society by reinforcing positive images of black men from a performing arts perspective. Filmed on location at Dogtown Dance Theatre, this work highlights the uniqueness of the RVA dance community while celebrating these well known black male dancers of the Central Virginia area who Ms Hamlin feels are often overlooked by local media outlets. The 17 dancers featured in this presentation were filmed in various locations throughout the building that reflected their personalities as dancers and as overall artistic influences on performers of color that reside in the Richmond Metro area and beyond.
This film was made to show the modern day ballet dancers of color breaking the stereotypes of old racially binding traditions in today's society. [ Featuring professional dancer, Rachel Seeholzer]
FEET OF SOUL (2019)
This film was created to pay homage to the "Black Girls Rock" movement and inspired by the "Black Girl Magic" slogan. Dedicated to dancers of color, breaking barriers in the Performing Arts world, this film reinforces the self love of Black Women everywhere.
[Featuring professional dancer, Christine Wyatt.)
WHITE; A SHORT STORY (2018)
From a collection of short stories by writer Chris McDaniel, "White" tells the tale of a young man on a first date encounter. Performed live by the writer himself while danced by Kelly Hamlin. This work first premiered at the Small Plates Choreography Festival RVA in June 2018.
AMERICAN YIN YANG (2017)
excerpt of MASQUERADE
This highly controversial duet first premiered at Dogtown in 2017, and since then been performed at numerous dance festivals on the east coast. The duet is a small portion of Kelly Hamlin's original full length work "Masquerade". Danced in layers of symbolic facial masks representing the LGBTQ Community, the Democratic & Republican parties, and the US Flag, this duet highlights the controversial social and political climate of modern day society in America as interpreted by the choreographer.