In the intimate upstairs gallery at the Maryland Art Place, 10 young women known as the Scope Dancers gave a full-out performance of choreography by Edna D. Simmons-Bennett Saturday night as part of a series of performances hosted by New Breezes Inc.
New Breezes promotes the artistic endeavors of local minority artists. Its director, Alma Roberts, has put together various performances of local poets, writers, musicians, sculptors, painters and dancers. The one-time performance by dancers affiliated with Coppin State University, while difficult at times to see (a gallery is not a stage), gave the audience a chance to appreciate the hard work of Ms. Bennett and her dancers.
Ms. Bennett's choreographic proclivities fall toward the jazz end of the dance spectrum, with specific nods to modern choreographers Alwin Nikolais and Alvin Ailey.