Atlanta Chinese Dance Company set for TEF Family Series

Mar. 12—THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Family Series continues Saturday, March 16, with a free, one-hour performance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company.

Curtain time is 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Thomasville Center for the Arts, with the show set to showcase centuries of Chinese and Chinese-American culture and history incorporating traditional dance, costumes, ribbons, fans and more. Woven into the performance will be engaging and enlightening narrative, giving the audience insight into an ancient culture, explained TEF Executive & Artistic Director Rick Ivey.

Children and youth who attend the performance — and perhaps some of the adults, while supplies last — will go home with a souvenir, a mini-rhythmic dance and gymnastic ribbon to try out some of what they've seen onstage. And, ACDC often invites a few audience members to join the troupe in a hands-on demonstration.

"We're excited to bring this unique cultural experience to our community, and the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company has entertained and educated literally thousands of people of all ages over the years," Ivey said. "Some of our family series programs are geared toward younger audiences, but this performance is one with a wide appeal to adults and children alike."

Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee and co-directed by her daughter, Kerry Lee, the troupe presents a visual feast of colors and costumes. Recognized as an important cultural ambassador, Atlanta Chinese Dance Company receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and was featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

In an effort to cultivate the next generation of the performing arts, Thomasville Entertainment Foundation added a carefully curated slate of family programming to its long-standing main stage performance series in 2016, and the TEF Family Series has continued to grow in scope and reach, Ivey said.

Presented in cooperation with Thomasville Center for the Arts, all TEF Family Series programs are offered free and open the public, thanks to generous gifts and grants of supporting honoring the group's artistic director emeritus, Janice Faircloth, by the Parker Poe Charitable Trust, Emily and Bill Searcy Charitable Trust, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas C. McPherson, Diane Williams Parker and other friends of TEF.