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National Black Arts Festival 2015: dance, dance and more dance

The National Black Arts Festival just announced its season line-up for the summer and fall of 2015, and the festival is going deep into dance.

Almost every one of the 16-plus events explores the roots of African American dance, through performances, workshops, music, film and the visual arts.

The season begins July 11, with the festival’s traditional fund-raising gala, this one to be staged at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, and entitled “For the Love of Dance.”

It concludes Sept. 18 and 19 with a workshop, discussion and performance by Cuban ensemble, the Malpaso Dance Company, at the Ferst Theatre on the Georgia Tech campus.

Here are some of the highlights of the festival, now in its 27th year:

“Intersecting Disciplines: Visual/Art/Dance,” 6 p.m., July 17: This “gallery hop” will bus visitors to three art galleries, the Bill Lowe Gallery, Alan Avery Art Company and ZuCot Gallery, where they will tour the exhibits and see dance performances. $30

“Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 18: Dance experts, scholars and performers present a day-long examination of the global impact, history and traditions of black dance from the 18th Century to the present. $75, $20 students. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street.

Master class with Savion Glover, 12 noon, Saturday, July 18: Instruction from a trailblazer who sparked the modern revival of tap. $20. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

“SoLe Sanctuary,” performance and conversation with Savion Glover, 6 p.m., July 19. $30 and up ($20 students), Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta.

Step Afrika! “Symphony in Step,” 6 p.m., August 29: A Washington D.C.-based company, Step Afrika!, specializes in the step dance tradition popularized in “Drumline”: $30 and up ($20 students); Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta.

Conversation with and performance by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company; 5 p.m. September 13. $30 and up ($20 students); Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr., Atlanta.

Malpaso Dance Company, conversation about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today” and performance, 8 p.m., September 19, $30 and up ($20 students). Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr., Atlanta.

Gallery Hop II: “Intersecting Disciplines: Visual/Art/Dance,” 6 p.m., September 18. A second tour of two Atlanta art galleries, the Hammonds House Museum and Arnika Dawkins Gallery, with dance performances and a tour of gallery exhibits; $30

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