2017 BOOKS

Ballet After Dark- A Story of Resilience After Sexual Trauma

Ballet After Dark is an international workshop project documenting survivors of sexual assault as they use dance as a form of therapy.

With a tagline of, “Reprocess, Rebuild, Reclaim Your Life”, we strive to offer women an alternative method of healing following sexual and domestic assault. Ballet After Dark is an international program that runs filmed workshop series allowing women who are survivors of sexual and domestic assault to heal using the power of ballet. Women all over the world will have access to a network of survivors telling stories of how of how they reprocessed, rebuilt, and reclaimed their lives using empowering and confidence boosting fundamentals taught during the 5 day workshops. Survivors will share stories of resilience and will build life long support systems globally.

My name is Tyde-Courtney Edwards. I am the founding director of Ballet After Dark, a classically trained ballerina, art model, aspiring filmmaker and a survivor of a brutal, sexual assault. I was born and raised in Baltimore City and I am a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and I have over 20 years of dance training and experience. I'm trained in various styles of dance including classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop. I have trained with Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Peabody

The Ballet After Dark Documentary

From a point of view perspective, footage collected throughout the duration of the workshops will be compiled into a feature length documentary using a single, digital hand held camera. It will chronicle the progression of women participating in the workshops and the journey from beginning to end. The documentary will have a Maryland and Caribbean premiere. The project will culminate with women of each workshop destination learning a portion of choreography that will be presented during the premiere. The project is set to begin October 2017.

Why Is This Important?

Sexual assault is a horribly, shaming act of violence. Most survivors are left with embarrassment and guilt and often believe the act was brought upon them by something they've done. Often, women are left feeling helpless as they navigate through their pain and trauma. We often feel less than human and we're left with an unfamiliarity when it comes to our bodies. At Ballet After Dark, we strive to help women reconnect with their womanhood and sensuality by using ballet to help heal and reconnect with our femininity. We're making ballet accessible to all women! While our workshops all open to women of all ethnicities, our goal is to partner with organizations within the African Diaspora who may be unfamiliar with ballet altogether. We educate women of color about the history of ballet and the benefits of experiencing the classical art form. The vision is to be an internationally filmed program that brings dance fitness workshops to women who have had traumatic experiences and difficulties and are seeking an alternative ways to heal through their pain. The program is geared towards women reprocessing, rebuilding and reclaiming their lives at any level of trauma. We want our women to comfortably regain their womanhood following assault. Women should be able to gradually talk openly about reclaiming their sensuality and sexuality.

About Ballet After Dark- At BalletAfterDark, the vision is to be an internationally syndicated fitness program that brings dance fitness workshops to women who have had traumatic experiences and difficulties and are seeking an alternative form of dance therapy. With a goal to bring these empowering ballet fitness workshops to women all over the globe, the program is geared towards women reprocessing, rebuilding and reclaiming their lives at any level. The fitness philosophy of BalletAfterDark is quite unique. We are more than just a 'get fit quick' program. It is a lifestyle of poise and confidence and an enjoyment of slower paced, gentler physical activity that culminate in achieving optimum health. It has been our experience that when given basic elements of grace and flexibility, women gain a better sense of self allowing them to gracefully liberate themselves from any turmoil that may be a hindrance. Adding the performance element challenges women to step out of their shadows boosting their confidence even more. Based on these observations, this low impact, empowering dance fitness workshop was developed to make fitness fun while making the strict, conservative world of ballet accessible to women of all body types and demographics. The program is challenging for women of all ability levels while also providing the education and motivation for members to change their lives.

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 (BOSTON) –; The Huntington Theatre Company’s Department of Education celebrates the 12th anniversary of the national Poetry Out Loud contest, having facilitated the competition in Massachusetts since its inception in 2006. This year, seventy-six high school students from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will participate in four regional semi-final contests March 4 and March 5. Semi-final contests will be held in Boston, Framingham, Springfield, and on Cape Cod. All upcoming contests are free and open to the public.

With support from the Huntington Theatre Company’s Department of Education more than 23,000 students from 87 high schools across Massachusetts participated in Poetry Out Loud, including classroom and school-wide contests. A complete list of the schools that integrated Poetry Out Loud into their curriculum this year can be found at the end of this release.

Each of the students participating in the upcoming semi-final contests were recently named their school’s champion. Twenty-five of the semi-finalists will advance to the state final competition on Sunday, March 12 at 9:30am at Boston’s Old South Meeting House.

The Huntington’s Education Department facilitates the Massachusetts state-wide contests with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The program is facilitated nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Semi-Final Contest Information:

Boston: Saturday, March 4, 9:30am
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116 

Framingham: Saturday, March 4, 10am
Framingham Temple Association
404 Concord Street, Framingham 01702

 Springfield: Sunday, March 5, 10am
Community Music School of Springfield
127 State Street, Springfield 01103 

Cape Cod: Sunday, March 5, 1pm

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth 02664

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students’ literary heritage as they take poetry from the page to the stage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate both classic and contemporary poetry.

The Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC April from 24-26 to compete in the national finals.

Semi-Final judges include: Michael Ansara (Founder of MassPoetry), Cookie Gamble (YMCA of Greater Boston Youth Director), John Bonnani (Editor of Cape Cod Review), and Massachusetts poets Heather Hughes, Deirdre Callanan, and Jarita Davis

About Poetry Out Loud: poetryoutloud.org
Recitation and performance are major trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre into the English class. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington sponsor the Massachusetts contest; the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation sponsor the competition on the national level.


 This summer, the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will celebrate its 21st year.  The dates for this year’s Festival are August 8th – 13th. Programming will take place throughout the capital city of Providence and at locations across the state including Newport, Cranston, Warwick, East Greenwich, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Tiverton and Westerly. This year’s Festival will be a celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the creator and non-profit producer of RIIFF. The 2017 Festival will include cinematic retrospectives from Flickers’ past that will be available at 1981 ticket pricing. Opening night on August 8th will take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). Festival passes are on sale now and are available online at The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Canadian Screen Awards. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.


Amazing Things Art Center,160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA, 01702, 508 405 2787

Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, 02473, 617 923-7631

Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, 617 728-1600

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston, MA 02116, 617 747-2261

Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, 617 373-4700

Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA 01952, 978 462-5888

Boston Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 426-9366

Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, 617 259-3400

Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, 617 638-9345

Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 266-0800

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617 577-1400

Cape Cod Melody Tent, West Main Street, Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 02601, 508 775-5630

Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford, MA 02155, 781 395-1732

Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413 997-4444

Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 824-8000

Firehouse Center for the Arts, One Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978 462-7336

Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608, 877 571 - SHOW

Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223, 413.243.0745

Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
617 868-5885

Longy Conservatory of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617 876-0956

Lowell Summer Series, Boarding House Park, French and John Streets, Lowell, 978 970-5200

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-499-0050

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608,, 508 752-5608

Moseley's on the Charles, 50 Bridge St, Dedham, MA 02026, 781 326-3075

Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116, 617 267-9300

Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA 02721, 508 324-1926

Natick Center for the Arts, 14 Summer St, Natick, MA 01760, 508 647-0097

Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617 482-0650

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970, 978 745-9500

Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02630, 508 747-1622

Reagle Players, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452, 781 891-5600

Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474, 781 646-4849

Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover

Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street|, Roxbury, MA 02119, 617 849-6322

Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617 496-2222

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, 978 546-7391

Showcase Live, 1 Patriot Place, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 02035, 781 461-1600

South Shore Conservatory, 1 Conservatory Drive, Duxbury, MA 02043, 781 749-7565

South Shore Music Circus, Route 3A, Cohasset, MA 02025, 781 383-9850

Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155, 781 395-0402

The Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA 01003, 413 545-2511

Villa Victoria, 85 W. Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118, 617 927-1735

Wang Theatre, Citi Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 482-9393

Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617 248-9700