The Lulu Washington Dance Theatre will perform Saturday at the ECSU Fine Arts auditorium. The internationally acclaimed dance company is performing as part of the university's Lyceum Series.

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The Lulu Washington Dance Theatre will perform Saturday at the ECSU Fine Arts auditorium. The internationally acclaimed dance company is performing as part of the university's Lyceum Series.

Weekend Calendar: Dance theatre, concert choirs: ECSU delivers this weekend

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Things are back in swing after the post-holiday lull. Concerts, a dance recital and even a weekend of living history seem to have the dance card full for this pre-Valentine’s Day calendar.

One of the big happenings this weekend will be a performance by the internationally acclaimed Lulu Washington Dance Theatre. The performance happens Friday, at the Elizabeth Cithy State University Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students or $10 for the general public.

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington. The Company tours internationally and has steadfastly focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.

The company was founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington in the inner city area of South Los Angeles.

The company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula Washington’s inner city dance studio. While Lula Washington encourages her dancers to be excellent performers, she also emphasizes the importance of being leaders in their communities.

Saturday, the ECSU Fine Arts Auditorium is also the site of the 54th annual Intercollegiate Music Association conference. Eleven universities from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland will be on hand to compete and perform a free concert Saturday.

The concert will happen 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center on the ECSU campus. There, the students and guest conductors will present what is being touted as, “One of the year’s most memorable performances among college and university symphonic bands, string orchestras, mixed choirs and jazz ensembles.”

Also Saturday, ECSU’s own concert choir will present “The Sounds of African Americans: The Strengths Within.” The concert happens at 7 p.m. in the Maguire Theatre at Arts of the Albemarle in downtown Elizabeth City.

This performance depicts the essence of African Americans through songs and poetic interpretation. The presentation will deliver powerful and realistic activities associated with lives that span from senior citizens to today’s young African Americans. The journey will present basic snapshots of how the African American culture in today’s global society positively impacts tomorrow’s outcome. The presentation will present works by African American composers and poets.

The ticket price is $15. Call 252-338-6455 for more information.

Friday will be the third anniversary of the First Friday Art Walk. Be on the lookout for a story in Friday’s edition of The Daily Advance.

Also big this weekend will be Museum of the Albemarle’s Living History Day, featuring Civil War re-enactors outside, as well as exhibits inside. This event happens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.