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210 Star Starred
Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
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Lineage Dance, one of Southern California’s leading contemporary dance companies, presents “Dancing Through the Ages,” which will benefit the Ann Martin Center. This multimedia, multigenerational modern dance concert features a number of interesting “twists.” First, it is an exhilarating blend of original music and stunning dance choreography. Second, it is the result of a large-scale community outreach program. 

The dance concert is the culmination of a series of community dance workshops that Lineage held in 2006 in three different states: Texas, Idaho and California. The modern dance workshops were open to the public — regardless of prior dance training. These opportunities truly fulfilled Lineage’s mission of making dance accessible to all. Company Manager Peggy Burt states, “The community workshops were an amazing experience for Lineage. We had children, parents and grandparents all dancing together — creatively and expressively. Our youngest participants were 2 years old — and the eldest, well into their 80s. The pure joy of dancing was evident on everyone’s face.”

The workshops were captured on videotape and form the backdrop to the professional dance concert. The video footage helps to convey what it feels like to dance at every age and stage of life — and why we all feel so connected to the “universal language of dance.” The concert features music that ranges from classical to jazz along with the eloquent words shared by workshop participants.

Along with the Lineage Dancers, local area participants from Berkeley will be featured in the show. For workshop information in Berkeley, visit the Lineage website at

This creative dance concert is a benefit for Ann Martin Center. Founded in 1963, the Center is a 501©3 non-profit community clinic that provides treatment services and testing services: psychotherapy, educational therapy, psychological testing and educational testing to youth and adults. The agency is named in memory of Ann Martin, MD, a pioneering behavioral pediatrician and youth advocate. Dr. Martin was among the first in California to lead research on psychological and educational intervention for social-emotional problems in childhood.

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