Celebrate Dance was originally scheduled to premiere April 25, 2020 but had to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Building on rich musical traditions from around the world but expressed with a distinctly contemporary flair, the compositions for Celebrate Dance feature original music inspired by the rhythms of Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Latin America. In addition to salsa beats, Celebrate Dance includes rumba, tango and cha-cha, to name a few. Each composition was created solely for this world-premiere event by seven award-winning composers, and much of the music will also be interpreted through dance.
Composers for Celebrate Dance are: Nan Avant, Glenna Burmer, Barry Dowsett, Maria José Félix, Eric Goetz, Tim Huling and Lonnie Mardis.
Although the 2020 concert was canceled, the music for Celebrate Dance was recorded. Listen to two of the compositions below.