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BROWN BALLERINA GENERAL INFORMATION
OUR WEBSITE: www.brownballerinafilm.com
FILM TRAILER: http://www.brownballerinafilm.com/official-trailer
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook/Instagram: @brownballerina // twitter @_brownbellerina
MONHAND WORKS: photographer (of all images)
CHASSIDY JADE: writer and producer
SHANNA WOODS: performer, choreographer, and inspiration behind "Brown Ballerina"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Melissa Carter, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Old School Square
561-243-7922, ext. 322;
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444
Barbara Stark, President & CEO
695 Auburn Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Old School Square and Milagro Center Collaborate on a Premiere Music, Dance and Film Experience: The ‘Brown Ballerina’ Premiere Event
Delray Beach, FL – September 14, 2016 – Old School Square and Milagro Center (Delray Beach) are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind music, dance and film experience: The ‘Brown Ballerina’ Premiere Event. For all who have dared to dream the improbable or impossible, this unique event will entertain, educate and inspire. It’s about determination, belief in ones-self and the beauty of success. Proceeds will benefit children’s programs at both Milagro Center and Old School Square.
The ‘Brown Ballerina’ Premiere Event is Friday, September 30th, 8 p.m. at the Crest Theatre. Tickets are $35 and are available at OldSchoolSquare.org or by calling the Box Office at 561-243-7922, ext. 1. The Crest Theatre is located on the Old School Square Campus at 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach 33444.
Hosted by composer and guitarist, Billy Rogan, the evening will begin with a music performance followed by the South Florida Premiere of the award-winning, independent short film, Brown Ballerina.
The film stars professional dancer and Milagro instructor, Maryann Payne and was written, directed, and produced by Chassidy Jade. It tells the story of the trials and triumph of one dancer’s determination to become a prima ballerina. More than a film, Brown Ballerina is a movement that is dedicated to promoting equality and individuality one pliè at a time! The film will be followed by a live Q&A session with the film’s producers. The evening will culminate with dance performances by Maryann Payne and the Milagro Center’s STARS Dancers.
The ‘Brown Ballerina’ Premiere Event is sponsored in part by Mary McMullen, Florida Community Bank and Steve & Lori Martel, Re/Max Advantage Plus. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for individuals and companies by calling Barbara Stark at 561 279-2970 or by email at
About Maryann Payne
The film’s lead, Maryann Payne brings Brown Ballerina to life. Her undeniable strength and flawless dance moves keeps audiences and followers at their feet. With over a decade of experience, the dancer and actress received her primary training at Lulu Washington Ballet in Los Angeles as well as Boynton Beach’s Southern Dance Theatre. Payne went on to attend Dreyfoos School of the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach as well as the New World School of the Arts in Miami Beach.
Years of dedication translated into irrefutable skill, earning the dancer scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Joffrey Ballet Intensive Programs. Payne has also trained with iconic choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Troy Powell, Ron Brown, Dennis Wayne, and Kathy Posin and has been a featured dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. With an endless resume she was recently invited to become a member of the SAG-AFTRA performer union and is currently working towards her company MAP Dance, while she is a member of the traveling 6 o’clock Dance Theatre, a dancer/swimmer for Miami’s Aqualillies, dance teacher at Carver Middle School and enjoys teaching after school students at Milagro Center in Delray Beach.
About Billy Rogan
Billy Rogan is a well-versed guitarist known mostly for his instrumental acoustic work whose influences include the styles and techniques of similar prominent guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Keller Williams and Kaki King. His shifting rhythms and melodies reflect a soulful and fiery connection conjured out through his battle hardened guitar in an all encompassing execution of dramatic finger style tap guitar and other aggressive hand techniques described by Grammy nominated Americana forefather and Fender Telecaster, guitar god, Bill Kirchen as “Fearsome.”
Rogan’s music has been featured on NPR, PBS, Sirius Radio as well as chosen for The American Society of Composers and Publishing (ASCAP) main web page for their highly-acclaimed “Audio Portrait” series, which gives listeners unique insight into the creative process, as told by the writers themselves. His solo acoustic technique has led him to work alongside acclaimed artists in the music industry, opening for Grammy nominated musicians such as jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and most recently with David Knopfler of Dire Straits, Grammy Winning and Americana Forefather, Bill Kirchen, and “I love you Always Forever” International hit Grammy winning songwriter and vocalist, Donna Lewis.
“Billy is a fearsome picker, although picker doesn’t do justice to what he does with and to the guitar. Catch him live if at all possible, and see what one dangerous man armed only with a guitar can do” — Bill Kirchen, Grammy nominated guitarist singer/songwriter of Commander Cody. Referred to as the “The Titan of The Telecaster”
About Milagro Center
Milagro Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an arts and education program that nurtures the seeds of creativity, builds an indestructible sense of self-worth, and inspires youth to reach their fullest potential. Milagro, which means "miracle" in Spanish, serves disadvantaged, undervalued children, teens, and families throughout South Florida. The Center’s four goals are to ensure academic success, promote the arts, teach inclusion while embracing diversity, and create strong individuals who positively impact their communities. Please visit the website at www.milagrocenter.org, become a Facebook fan of "The Milagro Center" Cause page, and follow Milagro Center on Twitter @MilagroCenter.
About Old School Square
Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Serving for over 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The Creative Arts School (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. Old School Square also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on all programs and services, call 561-243-7922 or visit OldSchoolSquare.org.
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Milagro, translated from Spanish, means miracle.
At the Milagro Center we believe as Albert Einstein once said; "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle and the other as if everything is! "
The Milagro Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides superior out-of-school time arts education, TEEN Leadership, ARTreach and summer programs to South Florida 's children and most disadvantaged populations. The Milagro Center is a place where miracles happen daily, where children learn the values of responsibility, love, simplicity, peace, and integrity.
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A unique arts-integrated educational and cultural arts facility which serves as a catalyst for community collaboration, individual transformation and social change by providing enhiched learning opportunities. The center strives to enhance social awareness and the pursuit of life goals within an honest and non-sectarian environment.