Duke Ellington Dancers Depart for Festival in Netherlands

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 1996

Duke Ellington Dancers Depart for Festival in
Netherlands


News Advisory: Interview/Photo
Opportunity

What:

    Bell Atlantic and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts are
    hosting a send-off rally for 15 dancers who were invited by
    Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands to perform on May
    17 at The Stichting, Multi-Kulturele Aktiziteiten Utrecht,
    an international dance festival in Amsterdam.

    The rally will create a festival-like atmosphere with
    popcorn, balloons, music, dancers, and cheering students
    shaking pompoms and throwing confetti.

Why:

    The rally seeks to instill pride, confidence and
    camaraderie in Duke Ellington's student body. The trip
    will allow the dancers to serve as ambassadors for the
    District of Columbia Public School System and the United
    States of America.

Where:

    Duke Ellington School of the Arts
    35th and R Streets, N.W.
    Washington, D.C.
    (NOTE: Weather permitting, the event will be held in
    front of the building. If the weather is poor, the
    event will be held in the school's theater.)

When:

    School Rally:
    Wednesday, May 15, 1996
    2:00 p.m.

    Airport Departure:
    Dulles Airport, Northwest Airlines, Flight No. 36Q at 6
    p.m.

Who:

    Franklin Smith, Superintendent of D.C. Public
    Schools; William Freeman, president and CEO,
    Bell Atlantic - Washington; Aubrey Sarvis, vice
    president of Federal Relations, Bell Atlantic;
    Marie Johns, vice president of External affairs,
    Bell Atlantic - Washington; Peggy Cooper Cafritz,
    founder and president, Ellington Fund;
    Carolyn Wilson, principal, Duke Ellington School of
    the Arts; Richard Klein, director, Duke Ellington
    School of the Arts; Lynn Welters, dance department
    chairperson, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Contact:

    Bell Atlantic: Michel Daley, 202-392-1021
    Duke Ellington: Lynn Welters, 202-282-0123
    Duke Ellington Parent Contact: Shirley Terrell,
    703-370-0733

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