By Jessica Dufresne

E-Moves, the annual dance mini-festival presented by arts organization Harlem Stage, just completed its run at the Gatehouse on Harlem’s City College of New York campus.

Celebrating its 13th season, E-Moves continued its tradition of showcasing new artists alongside under-the-radar established artists on the verge of career breakthroughs. Even more important, the series offers these dancers the opportunity to be paired with an industry veteran as a mentor, along with doling out grants and other forms of support.

If you weren’t lucky enough to catch the series’ two-weekend run April 20-21 and 27-28, you missed energizing and thought-provoking films and, of course, lots of dancing. The works by choreographers of diverse backgrounds, including Simone Sobers, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Marjani Forte, Souleymane Badolo, Jenni Hong, Sheetal Gandhi, and Nikki Hefko, touched on topics like challenging traditional roles of women, regret, the journey to self-acceptance, and the question of blackness.

Just as noteworthy is that E-Moves also serves as an educational vehicle, with its dancers holding workshops with students in Harlem Stage’s arts program. There’s no doubt that this series is more than just a celebration of dance–it’s a celebration of the complexities and joys of life.

For more information on E-Moves, the dancers and Harlem Stage, check out harlemstage.org.

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