Milez at The Paramount
We are grateful to all who came to our four performances of Shift, our show about change and transformation. We’re feeling the love! Early Era is hungry for more and can’t wait to get back onstage. Stay tuned!
Success is never possible alone. We’d like to thank the following people and businesses for making this show happen: Ketan Patel, Keegan & Lauren Faudree, Greg Burton, Dan & Kristine Patrick, Teresa Russell, Kathleen Fletcher, Jonathan White, Earl McGehee, Ben Lee, Sam Hensley, and Capital City Ballet. Our community of support means everything to us!
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas - 2.5 years after President Abraham Lincoln effectively ended slavery. Today, we continue fighting for justice for our Black and African American brothers, sisters, and non-binary folks in this country. See below for our suggestions of ways to honor Juneteenth this year.
Resources for Honoring Juneteenth
Early Era Collective, and the dance/arts industries in general, would not be what they are without the contributions of Black and African American creatives. We encourage you to celebrate Juneteenth by:
Attending the Central Texas Juneteenth Parade & Park Festival this Saturday, June 18th.
Supporting Black-owned businesses and arts companies (check out New Genesis’s production of Keep Moving on June 25th!).
Watching Uprooted - The Journey of Jazz Dance on HBO to learn more about how Black and African American artists have shaped dance.
Checking out any of our Thoughts That Move episodes (see below) discussing the intersection of race and the arts industry in Austin.
Black lives matter
Black Lives Matter
In light of the murders of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and so many other Black Americans lost to police brutality, our company acknowledges and joins the fight for justice for our Black brothers and sisters.
In a country that claims to be one nation and touts justice for all, this tradition of violence is simply unacceptable. It is clear that the roots of racism need to be examined and swiftly removed. Our art form, local community, and company would not be what they are without the innovations and talents of Black dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists.
In one of the most segregated cities, we recognize the disparities young Black dancers face in accessing training, and the factors that hinder Black professionals from producing work. As part of this community we are advocating for change, and we welcome feedback from Austin’s artists and citizens of color.
Black lives matter. We see you, we stand with you, and we are in this ongoing and important fight for justice.
A Bit About Us....
We're an Austin-based arts company creating performance for stage and film, and leading community-driven conversations for change. EEC makes multi-form art showcasing diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. Our languages include dance - contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballet - spoken word, music, acting, and any other medium we'd like to tackle. We're a collaborative entity always working toward pushing our own artistic boundaries!
EEC was founded in Fall 2018, and became a 501(c)3 organization in March 2019. Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick. Awards and honors for Early Era Collective include:
Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick, the founder and former director of Stephanie Patrick Dance of San Francisco, Asheville, and Austin. SPD was founded in 2012. Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC. Early Era Collective is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.
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Hip Hop Hooray
KOOP Radio Interview
Director Stephanie Patrick and Dancer Jaylin Lane talked about Of Thee I Swing on Hip Hop Hooray! Miss Manners asked questions about dance, hip-hop, the history of segregation in Austin, and how we spread awareness through art.
Click the picture to hear our interview on SoundCloud!
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