Angela_and_Jessica_Hicks_with_Mixed_AcompanyGlobal Dance Comes to the Local Stage
“Dance around the World” with Angela & Jessica Hicks Live! at the Promenade

Patrice Shields

Since the beginning of time and across the globe, dance has been used as a form of expression and communication. Using both graceful and strong movements, the dancer can convey the abstract emotions and ideas that lie deep within the soul. It is a universal form of communication that can bridge social, economic and cultural barriers since everyone, regardless of race and social status, can experience the power of dance on the same level.  On October 11, 2012, locally renowned dancers Angela and Jessica Hicks transfer their multi-cultural expertise in dance to the local stage for “Dance around the World,” at the Promenade.

The performance offers the audience the opportunity to experience a night of traditions showcased by the passion and excitement of flamenco, belly dance, tango, salsa, sword balancing and more. Angela and Jessica captivate and mesmerize audiences as they take them through a journey around the world. The global dance experience is enriched with a mixture of live jazz and various cultural melodies sung by the Hicks sisters.  In their physical expression of dance lies the understanding of many cultures.  Angela and Jessica bring a lifetime of passion and practice in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, ballroom and Latin dance to their “Dance around the World Performance.”  

“It’s not often that we see or meet an artist who has extraordinary capabilities that move across disciplines in such a powerful way,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts, of Angela Hicks.  “When we do, we’re often struck with awe that a single person can attain such a high level of craftsmanship whether they’re in dance, theater, or visual arts.  Angela is one of those unique individuals.  Her abilities stretch successfully across many disciplines.  A focused and dedicated performer, Angela is an accomplished visual artist, and a successful educator.   I have had the great pleasure to see Angela perform hundreds of times, and each time I walk away knowing I have experienced something truly wonderful.” 

The Hicks sisters have been honing their craft since they could walk. “The house I grew up in and my parent’s jewelry store were my first studios. Just counting training in dance schools, I have been dancing a total of seventeen years. At age five I started ballet in a dance academy. I then continued into pointe, jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballroom, Latin, and Polynesian. Along side of that, I also practiced belly dance from the instruction of my grandmother. She was a belly dance performer and instructor at a belly dance school that was next to her etiquette school in Michigan in the 70’s,” explains Angela.  “When I was thirteen years old, I was dancing behind my instructor in ballet, closely following her steps and thought, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, be a professional dancer.”

As the Hicks sisters grew older, their passion for dance, music and theater grew stronger. Angela earned her B.A. in Art from FloridaGulfCoastUniversity and Jessica earned her B.A. in Theater.  Angela traveled in Florida, California and New York, performing with a Polynesian dance troupe, performing belly dance and sword balancing.  Jessica performed throughout Florida and toured Turkey with a flamenco fusion band as a vocalist and flamenco dancer.  Most recently Jessica performed throughout Argentina with her new band, “A Persuasive Reason.”

Angela’s captivating sword balancing dance, performed with her sister Jessica, mesmerizes crowds and was born from her desire to overcome aichmophobia, the fear of sharp objects.   While studying the different styles of belly dance and the props used for shows, she came across the idea of dancing with a sword. Initially Angela dismissed the idea due to her fear, however, one week later Angela had a sharp double edge Turkish Scimitar Sword in her hands and she was ready to break free from her fear. In 2001 Angela began the self-training process of sword balancing, using her grandmother’s old school etiquette technique of balancing books on her head for posture and grace.

The Hicks Sisters’ performance at the Promenade on Thursday night will incorporate the many styles of dance they have mastered.  Tickets are $15 for Center for the Arts Members’ and $20 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets contact the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or visit them on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

 If You Go

What:   “Dance Around the World” with Angela and Jessica Hicks
When:  Thursday, October 11, 2012; 7:00p.m.
Where: The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26821 SouthBay drive, BonitaSprings, Florida
Cost:    $15 members/ $20 non-members

 

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