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‘Sister Moses’ Brings History Alive Through Dance

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 20:01:46-05

“Sister Moses” brings the story of anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman, alive through 45 minutes of song and dance.

The show, produced by Desert Dance Theatre under the eye of artisitc director Lisa Chow, blends the talent of professional dancers from DDT with students from Central High School. 

Renee Davis, who plays Harriet Tubman, refers to the show as “the Nutcracker of Black History Month.” She says the DDT team researched the life of Harriet Tubman and pulled “danceable moments” from Tubman’s life to best illustrate her story with the ultimate goal of inspiring the audience to face adversities head on. 

Students from CHS both dance and sing in the show. Participation ranges from students looking to step outside their comfort zones to students passionate about sharing black history. However, CHS members of the Black Student Union also contributed by coordinating logistics and advertising the show.

Teacher Sherrily Parham applied for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts which in part made the show and students’ opportunities possible.

You can find more information about “Sister Moses” and Desert Dance Theatre online