African American Arts Institute ensembles perform in community

Members of IU's African American Arts Institute’s three ensembles -- the African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble and IU Soul Revue  -- honored Black History Month by performing throughout the community during the month of February.

From the top: Stafford Berry Jr., director of IU's African American Dance Company, smiles at a student during a performance at Highland Park Elementary School; Jaylen Ray, a sophomore majoring in contemporary dance, performs with the company; Jayna Ratcliff, a sophomore majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, performs with the dance company for approximately 400 elementary school students. Photos by Mia Beach, IU African American Arts Institute

The African American Dance Company performed at Highland Park Elementary School on Feb. 2, sharing African culture and African American heritage through dance. Members of the African American Choral Ensemble performed at University Elementary School on Feb. 7.

It was the fourth year the group has performed at the school, sharing the importance of Black history through music. Members of IU's Soul Revue shared their talents at the Bloomington Soup Bowl Benefit for Hoosier Hills Food Bank on Feb. 18. Nearly 700 people attended the event, which raised money for the food bank.

From the top: Forty-five members of the African American Choral Ensemble performed numerous genres from a traditional South African song to gospel favorites at University Elementary School; members of the ensemble perform at University Elementary School for the fourth consecutive year; Raymond Wise directs the ensemble during its recent performance at University Elementary School. Photos by Mia Beach, IU African American Arts Institute

Want to catch a performance by one of the ensembles? All three have spring concerts taking place in April at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

The African American Dance Company Spring Concert takes place at 8 p.m. April 7; IU Soul Revue will perform at 8 p.m. April 14; and the African American Choral Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. April 28.

Tickets are available on the Buskirk-Chumley Theater's website.

From the top: Members of the IU Soul Revue, directed by James Strong, perform during the Soup Bowl Benefit for Hoosier Hills Food Bank event; Taira Beverly-Jeffries, a sophomore majoring in voice performance, belts out a soulful performance; Jared Griffin, a junior majoring in jazz voice, performs during the 24th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit. Photos by Mia Beach, IU African American Arts Institute