MAKULU: A Contemporary African Ballet

2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2015

Trinity Preparatory School

5700 Trinity Prep Lane

Winter Park, FL 32792  



General Admission: $12 (advance) $15 (at door)

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Featuring students of all ages and the organization’s pre-professional dancers, MAKULU (mah-koo-loo) fuses West African and contemporary choreography inspired by the ecological phenomenon of the Great Serengeti Migration, which annually involves the unified movement of thousands of wildebeest and zebra across the African continent. Using animal allegories to highlight the importance of family, MAKULU tells the emblematically true story of a mother wildebeest’s courageous journey to bring home her newborn calf and reunite with her herd. Under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, MAKULU brings together cultural music, contemporary West African dance and poetic narration by favorite Oprah guest Dr. Tererai Trent, offering audiences of all ages a unique alternative to other holiday dance shows.



While dancers of all levels who wish to participate will be granted a role, advanced dancers ages 8 and up are invited to audition for a featured role, which involves additional stage time and the learning of standout choreography in the context of group works.  Lead roles will also be selected during the audition.  Auditions take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at The Center for Contemporary Dance:


    • Ages 8 to 11, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
      The audition includes an instructional component to teach young dancers how to successfully audition, followed by the learning of a short African dance combination.
    • Ages 12 and up, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      The audition involves the learning of a short African dance combination.

To reserve your place at the audition, please email with the names and ages of all dancers.


Shatonya Makulu 1

To register for the 2015 Winter Concert, simply follow these steps:

2.  Select an age- and level-appropriate rehearsal slot (see below)
3.  Review the schedule of additional and final all-cast rehearsals. 

Weekly Rehearsal Options

Students must select and consistently attend any one of the following weekly rehearsals.  Each rehearsal pertains to a specific dance work; all dances are contemporary African works, and creatively explore a concept relevant to the show’s overall theme. Students must choose a rehearsal that best matches their age, skill level and availability as detailed below:
Starting the week of September 7, 2015
Monday, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced dancers ages 9 to 12
Monday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Serious-minded beginner/intermediate dancers ages 7 to 9
Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Ages 3 to 6
Friday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: All levels, ages 11 to adult
Friday, 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.: Intermediate and advanced dancers ages 9 to adult
Friday, 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.: All levels, ages 9 to adult
Saturday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Ages 3 to 6
Saturday, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced dancers ages 9 to 12
Saturday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Beginners ages 6 to adult
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced dancers ages 9 to 12
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: All levels, ages 6 to adult
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: All levels, ages 7 to adult

All-Inclusive Participation FeeMakulu Noe 1

Fully-Enrolled Student:  $175 (group dance); $225 (featured role)*
Drop-In Student:  $250 (group dance); $300 (featured role)*
Costume fee for each additional group dance: $95*
*All fees and balances due by October 3, 2015. Solo and featured performances must be approved. Concert fees cover rehearsals and costuming for a single group number.  Fully-Enrolled Students also receive two (2) show tickets and a DVD of the final performance. Participation in more than one dance number requires approval by a School director; additional costume fees apply. A customized rehearsal schedule will be developed for approved soloists and special selections.