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Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble

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GROOVE MERCHANT: the performance Drum & Dance Company of DDLC!

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Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble directed by Kim Leary (Alexia) and Dave Merritt performs dances and plays percussion instruments from cultures around the world. The ensemble performs culture-specific traditional pieces as well as our own original compositions. Some compositions are more traditional, loyal to the cultures that they represent while others are a fusion of musical ideas and traditions. Many of the groups performances have been sponsored in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble is the resident performance group of The Drum & Dance Learning Center located in Lawrence, New Jersey (Princeton area). Some of the group's performances include the Monroe Arts Center, The Kenndey Center (Burlington), Two River Theatre, guest performers with Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat, Paramount Concerts on the Beach, Lafayette Grill (NYC) as well at many festivals and conventions.


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FIRST PLACE TROUPE CATEGORY

Select List Curated shows:
  • NY Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2013 @ DROM (NYC) - Groove Merchant - "Higher"
  • Roxy & Dukes's Belly Dance Night 2013 (NJ) - Groove Merchant - "Tabla";"Higher" & "Drum Solo"
  • Dena Steven's "Spice Box" 2013 @ Bickford Theatre (NJ) & Players Theatre (NYC) - Groove Merchant debut of "Thyme Clock"
  • Mile's Copeland's Belly Dance Superstar's "Club Belly Dance" 2012 @Open Arts Theatre (NJ) - Curated show and performance with Groove Merchant - "Get to Work by Nine" & "Avalon"
  • Mile's Copeland's Belly Dance Superstar's "Club Belly Dance" 2012 @Arundle CC Theatre (MD) - Solo "Tabla" & Groove Merchant - "Avalon"
  • Suhaila & Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat 2007 @St. Louis (MO) - Solo "Turk" & 2011 @Austin (TX) - Groove Merchant "Tzigane"
  • NY Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2011 @DNA (NYC) - Groove Merchant - "Get to Work by Nine"
  • NY Theatrical Belly Dance Conference 2010 @DNA (NYC) - Groove Merchant - "Barefoot Baile" and duet with Lisa Botalica "Felag Mengu"
  • I'll Have What She's Having Dance Project 2010 @ Rider University (NJ) - Groove Merchant - "Raks El Zagat"; "Avalon"
  • Austin Belly Dance Convention 2011 (TX) - Groove Merchant "Avalon" & "Raks al Assaya"
  • Alborada Dance Company's "The Journey" 2009 @The Monroe Arts Center (NJ) - Groove Merchant -"Raks al Assaya" and duet with Lisa Botalica "Felag Mengu"
  • Women's History Month Project 2009 @The Kennedy Center (NJ) - Curated the show

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