(Los Angeles, CA ) – Debbie Allen Dance Academy has joined a long list of entertainment industry professionals donating a prize for the next “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) free national talent showcase competition (singing, songwriting and dance).
“ULMII” returns to Hollywood at the Celebrity Centre (5930 Franklin Ave, 90028 – free parking) from 1 – 5 p.m. The free one day entertainment conference offers an entertainment business panel discussion from 1 – 2:30 p.m. hosted by syndicated entertainment columnist and author Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. and a national talent showcase competition hosted by KDAY 93.5 FM from 3 – 5 p.m.
Debbie Allen is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning dancer/actress (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “West Side Story”). The Debbie Allen Dance Academy (3791 Santa Rosalia Drive, 90008), known affectionately as DADA, will provide one of the dance winners with a two month dance scholarship in their pre-Academy program. The winner will get professional dance training for five days a week for two months starting January, 2016. DADA offers dance instructions for Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Flamenco.
The dance academy, a 501 (c) 3 organization, was founded by Debbie Allen in 2001 and its popularity in dancer performances and training is now renowned, provoking such entertainers as Grammy winner Chris Brown to stop by to check out the dancers. The DADA Board of Directors includes such entertainment industry giants as Suzanne DePasse, Quincy Jones, her sister Phylicia Rashad, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington. Karen McDonald is the Academy’s director. Karen is skilled at Modern dance and has taught in Los Angeles for over 25 years. McDonald has also taught at the prestigious California Institute of Art.
Debbie visited the “ULMII” event when it was housed at the Baldwin Hills Plaza from 2001 – 2004 to announce a show at her academy directed by Dave Scott (Step it Up2), and what the academy had to offer the dance competitors. That year, 2003, guest panelists included Grammy winner Brenda Russell and Rap legend MC Lyte.
Held annually in Baltimore and Los Angeles, “Uplifting Minds II” offers a platform to showcase young aspiring talent (singing, songwriting and dance) in a competitive environment that provokes the best performances. It also provides information about the business of entertainment. As a result the event is known for its panelists and wide range of developed and developing talents.
Three winners (singer, songwriting and dance) are awarded. This year prizes also include a “free public relations and/or business management strategy/consult” from Eunice who is also a Senior Strategist at Freelance Associates, PRSA (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com); “free entertainment business consult” from Baltimore based entertainment business mogul Paul Gardner, II (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); “free music track and studio time” from five-time ULMII winner and Virgin Island producer Marvin Davis aka V.I.P. (www.DustDemAFF.com); “free vocal coaching” from professional singer and New Jersey vocal coach Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Entertainment.); “free make-up application/stylist consult” from Baltimore based stylist/make-up specialist Jeneanne Collins (Rebellious Beauty) – who will service on both the panels in October ; “free commercial photo shoot” from commercial photographer Ty Moore (www.IAmSharpEye.com); “road management consult” from tour/road manager (Anita Baker, Temptations) and photographer Gar Roberts (www.Garman.zenfolio.com), and the ULMII Award.
Media sponsors include www.EURweb.com (over 85,000 visitors a week); Praise 98 FM’s “Lady Charmaine Live” Show at www.Praise98F.com; www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com (over 60,000 hits a week), and KDAY 93.5 FM “Where Hip-Hop Started” at www.935KDAY.com.
To see if you qualify to be one of the ten acts to perform on Saturday October 24th at ULMI in Hollywood at the Celebrity Centre, hosted by KDAY 93.5 FM, log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com or email [email protected]. You can also call 562-424-3836 and ask for the ULMII event coordinator. www.DebbieAllenDanceAcademy.com
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