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May
20
Mon
Call for Proposals- 13th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference @ The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
May 20 – Jun 14 all-day

This year, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, we seek to build upon the success of our work by reflecting on the leadership of individuals, organizations, and communities over the past 20 years and anticipating their leadership needs for the next 20 years. This year’s conference theme “Building Bridges Together: Past, Present, and Future” invites us to explore how historical and contemporary experiences provide us with opportunities for new leadership insights for the future.

Recent years have been marred by tensions between the past and present, individually and collectively, and have required deep reflection on past acts, accounts, and accolades. The legacy of our historical actions and inactions continue to affect the present and how we understand the future. For many, history provides the richness of how we are seen and defines who we are today. For others, history is fraught with contradictions and inconsistencies with who we believe ourselves to be in the present. If our future is, in fact, a result of our interpretation and execution of experiences in the present, looking forward to 2039, What would reflection of our leadership past reveal about our present-day leadership? What would these reflections foretell about our leadership in the future?

This year, we aim to identify and promote opportunities that create strong partnerships and collaborations across people, time, and space by bringing together the latest in leadership practice from academics, practitioners, consultants, community, and organizational leaders with a shared desire to sustain interest in furthering our knowledge and understanding of leadership.

To learn more about 2019 Call for Proposals, please visit: www.gehli.vcu.edu/conference/call-for-proposals/

To learn more about the 2019 Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference, please visit: www.gehli.vcu.edu/

May
21
Tue
Twilight & Tipple Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House! @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
May 21 @ 6:00 pm
Twilight & Tipple Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House! @ Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

This tour series is a rare chance to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House illuminated against a night sky, bringing a whole new dimension and radiance to the typical tour experience. There are only a few tours a year in the evening, so seize this great opportunity today. Grab a drink or two, which is included in the ticket price, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos.

This season’s Twilight & Tipple Tuesday Tours will take place on May 21, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 10, September 24, and October 22. The event will run open house style from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, so we recommend that you arrive by 7:30 at the latest for the full experience. This event does not include tours of Woodlawn, only the Pope-Leighey house.

May
27
Mon
African-American history ride @ Jones Point Park
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
African-American history ride @ Jones Point Park

Start off your Memorial Day by riding to sites associated with Alexandria’s extraordinary African-American history. Learn about Benjamin Banneker, considered the “first black man of science.” See the Freedom House Museum, where one of the country’s largest slave-trading companies used to be. Honor the sacrifices of the African-American soldiers buried in Alexandria National Cemetery.

This family-friendly ride is organized by Alexandria’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Details and registration at http://bit.ly/MemDayRide.

May
31
Fri
Roses of the Orient Dancers Alliance Show @ Groveton Elementary School
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Roses of the Orient Dancers Alliance Show @ Groveton Elementary School

Roses Dancers Alliance will be performing as part of the Groveton Multi-Culture Night in Alexandria.

Join us for a celebration of music, dance, and food from around the world! An event celebrating some of the best music, dance, and food, program starts at 5:30pm, we are scheduled to dance at 7pm.

Chinese Fan Dance – Roses of the Orient
Romani Dance – Berna
French American Dance – Heather
Colombian Cumbia – Sergio
Egyptian Folkloric Shaabi Dance – Gloriana
Egyptian Folkloric Cane Dance – Gloriana and Eleni
Egyptian Folkloric Shamadan. – Eleni
Chinese Dai Dance – Jazmin

**** if you are interested to be part of our lineup, please msg us and provide a link to your performance. *****

The Roses Dancers Alliance is an exotic medley of beautiful dancers and dancing. We are a group of dancers who love story telling thru dance. Each individual present their unique culture fusion dance.

Like our page for future performance notices https://www.facebook.com/RosesoftheOrient/

Roses of the Orient
Roses of the Orient is an Asian Fusion Dance group. Gloriana and Jazmin will be presenting the Fire in You piece that celebrate the vibrant spirit in all women. Their dance style is influenced by the Chinese classical and Folkloric Egyptian dance.

Dancers Alliance:

Jazmin has studied with various Belly Dance masters in the DMV for the past years. She was part of “Journey along the Silk road” 2016 cast in Milan Italy. She was in “Ocean Stories” 2018 show to promote awareness of plastics impact to our oceans that was performed in Bali Indonesia. Her additional stage experiences included being part of the various Gala headliners in DC, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Also she organized an International dance showcase to celebrate diversity for the Pentagon City Mall. She is the creator of an Asian Fusion dance group, Roses of the Orient. Her style is the blending of the east and west with contemporary culture presentation. She also is currently teaching Belly Dance in Result Fitness in Alexandria, VA.

Berna is a award winning local instructor, choreographer and performer appearing weekly at restaurants and private events in the DC, MD, and Northern VA area. A current staff instructor at Born2Dance in Vienna, VA, She has been shimmying and teaching for over a decade. Berna is well versed in dances of the Middle East, North Africa, the Silk Road and – her favorite – Turkey. Dabbling in fusion, folklore and all things Fabulous, she is excited to share her art and stoies with you! Visit her at bernadancer.com

Heather is a dancer and choreographer that relocated to DC from the Midwest where she taught and performed under the name of Salome. Heather and her dance partner Martha performed across the United States at festivals and events as a duet and with their various professional and student troups. They specialized in Improve Tribal Style Bellydance with a strong Spanish influence. Heather fuses all of this with her background in ballet and cabaret that creates a unique style of her own.

Gloriana has dancing for several years and after studying under Faten her passion is Egyptian Folkloric. She also performs Persian dance and is a member of several dance troupes.

Jun
1
Sat
Factory Flow: A Healthy Arts Series @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Factory Flow: A Healthy Arts Series @ Torpedo Factory Art Center

On the first Saturday of every month, find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series. It’s a lovely way to start the day, focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more.

Jun
7
Fri
Art on Tap Spring @ The Art League
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Art on Tap Spring @ The Art League

Enjoy local craft beers, original artwork, and amazing food at The Art League’s annual Art on Tap!

Craft beers from local breweries have been artfully paired selected artwork. Local restaurants have chosen a brew/artwork coupling to serve as their muse to create the perfect complementary appetizer. Enjoy the brew, bite, and artwork trifectas on Friday, June 7 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at The Art League’s Art on Tap Spring event.

Sample the creative combinations while drinking from a take-home Art on Tap beer tasting glass, and then vote for your favorite at the end of the event!

Jun
20
Thu
Creative Writing with Community Building Art Works @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Creative Writing with Community Building Art Works @ Torpedo Factory Art Center

As featured in the 2018 HBO Documentary We Are Not Done Yet, Community Building Art Works serves veterans, military personnel, and members of the community through generative creative-writing workshops. Led by accomplished authors, they are focused on using the written word as a tool for introspection, communication, and connection. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind. The program is free, and donations are welcome.