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Celebrating Diversity Through Dance: Cobblestone Arts Center Presents Daystar Rosalie Jones and Nanako Mandrino

The next Lunch and Learn performance promises to be a celebration of cultural fusion and artistic brilliance. On Friday, April 26 at 12:30pm, join us for a captivating lunchtime performance featuring the dynamic talents of Daystar Rosalie Jones and dancer Nanako Mandrino.

Rosalie Jones, a renowned Pembina Chippewa artist, is known for her groundbreaking work in native modern dance. Mentored by the esteemed Mexican-American choreographer Jose Limon, Jones founded Daystar: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America in 1980, establishing herself as a trailblazer in the international dance scene.

Throughout her career, Jones has graced stages across the globe, captivating audiences with her powerful performances and innovative choreography. Her artistry celebrates Indigenous cultural values while embracing contemporary expression, creating a unique and mesmerizing experience for all who witness her work.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the performing arts, Rosalie Jones received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Performing Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016, solidifying her status as a luminary in contemporary dance.

Joining Jones on stage is the exceptionally talented dancer Nanako Mandrino, whose journey from Sapporo, Japan, to the international dance scene is nothing short of inspiring. A graduate of The College at Brockport, SUNY, Mandrino has showcased her versatility and artistry in works by renowned choreographers such as Bill (William) Evans, Larry Keigwin, and Frank Kuhn.

Mandrino's dedication to her craft has led her to study with some of the world's most prestigious dance companies and artists, enriching her artistic perspective and facilitating cultural exchange on a global scale.

Following the performance, Cobblestone Arts Center students will have the opportunity to participate in an engaging workshop led by Jones and Mandrino. This hands-on experience will allow students to explore movement, rhythm, and expression while gaining insight into the themes and inspirations behind the choreography showcased in the concert.

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of celebration, creativity, and cultural exchange as Daystar Rosalie Jones and Nanako Mandrino take the stage at Cobblestone Arts Center. Mark your calendars for Friday, April 26 at 12:30pm, and don't miss this opportunity to witness the power of dance to unite, inspire, and uplift.

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