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Flash News 2, 1-15: Do you know the way to DC?
NJ Troupe hops Love Train to Washington to dance for Mandela and Obama

By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2009 The Dance Insider

WASHINGTON -- It's not every day an African-American is inaugurated as president of the United States. And it's not every day a dance company from New Jersey is selected to dance at a presidential inaugural party conceived by Nelson Mandela, hosted by the new president's ancestral country, and in such heady company as Aretha Franklin, the O'Jays, Dionne Warwick, and Alicia Keys. But that's exactly what the Lambertville, NJ-based Roxey Ballet will be doing next Tuesday.

Roxey Ballet in Mark Roxey's "Celebrating Diversity," excerpts of which the company will perform at the Africa International Friends Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday. Photo courtesy Roxey Ballet.

"This may be the single-most exciting performance the Roxey Ballet has ever done," said Mark Roxey, whose company will present "MLK" and "Black and White," both excerpted from "Celebrating Diversity," for the Africa International Friends Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center, convened by Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki with Mandela as honorary chairman. "Our dancers hail from all over the world -- from all different backgrounds -- and they make their homes here in Lambertville. I expect this will leave a lasting mark on them and be a great story to bring home. It is truly a life changing experience."

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