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Manship Theare raises awareness for HIV/AIDS in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE - The Manship Theatre is celebrating a milestone year with several A-list shows scheduled. Manship Executive Director Renee Chatelain and Ashifa Sarkar Vasi with the Dance Speaks Initiative joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In Monday to tell you how performers are dancing for a good cause.

RIOULT New York is a modern-dance group that is internationally known. The dancers will be performing in Baton Rouge Thursday night. The performance, and the entire Manship 10th anniversary celebration, is about more than just the performances.

"It's about raising awareness and funds for HIV and AIDS in Baton Rouge," Vasi explains. "The city has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the nation, which is something that I didn't know as a native, so it's really exciting to be working with the Manship Theatre to bring awareness to this issue."

While there are four touring groups scheduled to perform at the Manship this dance season, Chatelain says there are also plenty of local groups. All of those organizations have agreed to participate in the Dance Speaks program and ask for donations for Camp Hope, which will help send area kids living with HIV/AIDS to a specialized summer camp that can meet their medical needs.

"When you buy a ticket and come to this performance, you are making a statement about supporting your community," she says. "Plus, you get to see a really beautiful dance company."

The RIOULT Dance New York performance is Thursday, November 13th on the Manship Theatre Main Stage. You can buy tickets to the 8:00 p.m. performance or the Manship Theatre website or by calling (225) 334-0334.

The modern dance group is also hosting a Master Dance Class on Tuesday. The event is free if you buy a ticket to Thursday's performance.



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