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Telling the Civil Rights Story Through Dance

FAITHWORKS, a production about the Civil Rights Movement and the current condition of the African-American community will showcase this powerful part of American history through dance to mark MLK Day.

The performance will take place over the MLK weekend, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Alverno College’s Pitman Theater, 3431 S. 39th St. in Milwaukee. Tickets are $10 - $15.

Girls ages 4 and up, as well as women from Signature Dance Company, will take the stage to highlight a story that helped improve the economic and social conditions for African-Americans and served as a catalyst for change for the men, women and children living right here in Milwaukee.

Desiree Cocroft, artistic director for Signature Dance Company, says this is not just about performance. The work Signature Dance Company includes mentoring its protégées to become future leaders in the community.

Signature Dance Company recently received national recognition when Desiree was awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America to help further her work of empowering women and girls. The Dance Company is using some of the funds to expand so they have more room to rehearse for shows like FAITHWORKS.

CBS 58's Michele McCormack stopped by rehearsals recently. Some of her video is attached to this story.

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