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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company – Board of Directors

As an avid supporter of the arts Ms. Sylvia Van Vliet Ragheb of Syra Arts has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Now in its 22nd year, the mission of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) is to create and perform new contemporary dance choreographies that sensitively illuminate our multi-faceted American landscape. DTSBDC’s repertory focuses on identity in the context of historical events and personal stories, thereby bridging cultures and connecting shared human experiences. Through performance, touring and educational programming, the company engages the community in Washington, DC and the world at large.

Dancers in the company come from diverse backgrounds – Colombian, Chilean, Irish, Korean, Filipino, and Peruvian. As Washington, D.C.’s leading contemporary dance company, DTSBDC has a long history of artistic dialogue and partnerships with such organizations as the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Public Schools, The George Washington University and Smithsonian Institution. The company’s current educational partners include Episcopal High School, Georgetown Day School and School Without Walls. DTSBDC directs the dance program at Episcopal Day School and the summer dance program at Georgetown Day School. In addition to receiving the Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence and nine Metro D.C. Dance Awards, the company has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, and as an international cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department.

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