Another of SMDCAC’s world-class family events, INDIA JAZZ SUITES is extremely affordable at $15-$10 through www.SMDCAC.org or by calling the SMDCAC box office 786-573-5300 and only $5 for 13-22 year olds through Culture Shock Miami at www.cultureshockmiami.com. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. FREE parking is available.
INDIA JAZZ SUITES (also called Fastest Feet in Rhythm), features Indian Kathak dance guru, Pandit Chitresh Das and American tap dancer, choreographer, and director, Jason Samuels Smith. INDIA JAZZ SUITES is an explosive collaboration between one of the foremost Kathak masters and one of the fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers.
"Alone, they're captivating. Together, they're magic." noted Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance.
The result is high entertainment which crosses all boundaries of age, race and culture — a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance. The program is another winning joint production between Culture Shock Miami and SMDCAC.
There will be several education and outreach events taking place for INDIA JAZZ SUITES. The artists of INDIA JAZZ SUITES will conduct an intergenerational dance experience with the students of Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory and senior citizens of the Town of Cutler Bay and surrounding south Miami-Dade community on April 17-18. This is a by invitation event. The artists will also teach an advanced master class of Tap and Indian Classical Dance on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm and an open community class for all levels on Saturday, April 20 at 10am. To RSVP for the dance classes the public should call Carla Hill at 786-573-5319.
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater. The Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility.
Culture Shock Miami, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, provides an affordable and attractive way to encourage high school and college students ages 13-22 to buy $5 tickets to the rich variety of cultural events. The program is designed to introduce this next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become the full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future.
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Culture Shock Miami are managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. These two organizations are dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.
About INDIA JAZZ SUITES
INDIA JAZZ SUITES premiered in San Francisco in 2005 and has received extensive critical acclaim and has toured around the U.S. and India. It was chosen as the #1 Dance Performance of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle and won the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for Best Ensemble Performance of the year. Founded and produced by Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samual Smith, INDIA JAZZ SUITES has bridged two distinct dance forms into one entertaining and harmonious experience.
Called a phenomenon by the Hindustan Times of India, Pandit Chitresh Das is first and foremost a master and virtuosic performer of the classical Kathak tradition. Kathak is one of the six major classical dances of India and one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world. As a committed guru, he has trained many dancers who have gone on to establish their own careers in Kathak dance. Based on his concept of “innovation within tradition,” Pandit Das explores the boundaries of Kathak technique and performance, creating compelling, new works and techniques that are inventive, yet deeply rooted in the Kathak tradition.
Jason Samuels Smith, a native New Yorker, is a tap dancer, director, and award-winning choreographer. He has won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for "Outstanding Choreography" for his work with the 2003 Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon in a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. Samuels Smith was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003. He was also the recipient of an Arts International Grant, an Alpert McDowell Residency Award, and the 2007 Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award among others. He also founded the tap dance program at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Culver City, California, which is also the location of the annual Los Angeles Tap Festival.
About the Building
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes 961 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.
About Culture Shock Miami And www.CultureShockMiami.com
Culture Shock Miami was inaugurated in 2005-06 by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has sold nearly 35,000 tickets through its website www.cultureshockmiami.com. A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.