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Dance in DC: Ashanté Green @ Chaia Tacos

Premieres Friday, December 4 at 7pm ET

Join dancer Ashanté Green for a breathtaking contemporary dance performance at Chaia Tacos, an unconventional plant-based taco shop in the heart of Georgetown. This online event will premiere free of charge on Friday, December 4 at 7pm ET on this page.

This event is part of our Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC. Throughout these six short films, we celebrate the dynamic creativity of the local dance scene alongside the entrepreneurial spirit of local businesses. Curated and co-directed by dancer/choreographer C. Lorenzo Evans III—who also serves as Washington Performing Arts’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance—each Dance in DC film pairs a dance artist with a signature DC business. Award-winning Chilean-born local filmmaker and music-video director, Francisco Campos-Lopez, filmed and co-directed the pairings on location. Each production features a site-specific work, along with conversations between dancers and business owners who speak about their community in these critical times.

About the Artist

A native of Fort Washington, Maryland, Ashanté Green studied dance at the Dance Institute of Washington where she trained in many styles beginning at the age of seven. She simultaneously danced in the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Pre-Professional Residency program at the Kennedy Center for 11 years, working closely with the company’s Artistic Director, Arthur Mitchell. Green also studied under Debbie Allen, performing in her play, Pepito’s Story, in 2002. She received a BFA degree in Dance and a Master of Science in Performance Arts Leadership and Management from Shenandoah University. After graduating, she returned to The Dance Institute of Washington to work under Fabian Barnes. She currently oversees the school’s pre-professional training program, bi-annual productions, coordinates performances, and trains students in ballet, modern, and jazz.

About the Business

Founded by Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, Chaia Tacos is an unconventional shop serving seasonal, plant-based tacos, sides, and natural drinks in a stylish, casual setting. Chaia’s “farm to taco” is a unique relationship between farmers and urban-style street food. The female led and female run business wants its customers to put the best ingredients on their plate and in their bodies, while also cultivating sustainability to help the environment.

Mars Arts DC is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC is made possible in part through the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Events DC, a Small Business Recovery Microgrant from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development administered by the Latino Economic Development Center, and the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation.

In addition, WPA thanks the Royal Norwegian Embassy, ChasenBoscolo, Encompass Supply/Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib, and Washington Gas for their support of WPA’s innovative virtual community programming in 2020.

Mars Arts D.C.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Events DC

Chasen Boscolo, Lawyers That Care

Washington Gas

Encompass Supply

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