A special night of ‘Empowerment’ from RISE and the Youth Task Force

The"Empowerment" show features dance, spoken word, and multimedia imagery. — Photo courtesy Project Moves Dan

On Saturday, May 30, at 6:30 pm, the RISE Above Access Program and the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force are presenting a collaborative event for the benefit of Island students and their parents, at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center. According to a press release, the show, titled Empowerment, is intended to evoke important life conversations between parents and children as well as between peers.

Using the vehicle of dance as an artistic voice, the Project Moves Dance Company (PMDC) holds as its core mission the advocacy for, and the empowerment of, our youth. The company’s goal is to bring attention to the mistreatment of young people — and all other acts of injustice against humanity — and more important to offer solutions and healing messages through the performing arts.

In Empowerment, dance, spoken word, and multimedia imagery weave together to tell powerful true-life stories of social injustice, oppression, and the constant struggle with self-worth.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the captivating young dance artists of Project Moves Dance Company remind viewers to believe in inner beauty, limitless ability, and the power of the human spirit. PMDC choreography includes work from the masters at the Gold School in Brockton, and special this year, pieces from the Fox television hit So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Teddy Forance and Tyce Diorio.

Tickets are free for all MVRHS students with school ID. General-admission tickets are $20 and are on sale now at RISE Vineyard Performing Arts, the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force and the YMCA of MV. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets will also be available the evening of the show. A post-performance Q & A will follow the Empowerment performance, and is open to all audience members.