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This incredibly moving performance uses dance, music and vivid photography as vehicles to take audience members on a powerful journey through black history — from slavery to the jazz era, through the civil rights movement, to modern times. Conceived and directed by COCA Alumnus Christopher Page-Sanders, Continuing the Legacy evolves each year to incorporate current events and help audience members see, hear and feel the story of African Americans throughout history.

Show Run Time: 65 min

Continuing the Conversation

Immediately after both performances, all audience members are invited to stay for a panel discussion on art as a means to build, enrich and even heal communities, led by Page-Sanders and featuring local artists and leaders. Participation is voluntary, and there is no additional charge.

Following the panel on February 5, join us in Emerson Studio for refreshments and the opportunity for continued conversations.


  • Moderator: Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Co-Artistic Director of Dance, COCA
  • Christopher Page-Sanders, Creator, Continuing the Legacy; Member, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
  • Heather Himes, Dancer/Choreographer, St. Louis Black Rep
  • Sheila Little-Forrest, President, Afro World Hair and Fashion Co., Former COCA Board Member (Friday Only)
  • Jeff Forrest, Acting Dean, Business and Human Development, St. Louis Community College; Senior Pastor, Blessed Hope Bible Church (Saturday Only)
  • Roseann Weiss, Director of Artist and Community Initiatives, Regional Arts Commission (Saturday Only)

About Christopher Page

Christopher Page received his education and dance training at COCA and the Conservatory of Dance and Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Christopher is a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado. Christopher is the founding artistic director of the Nu-World Contemporary Dance Company and has performed with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and the Owen/Cox Dance Group.

Other theatrical credits include the St. Louis Black Rep, STAGES St. Louis and The Muny. Christopher is the resident choreographer for COCA’s Summer Musical and has also choreographed for the Cleo Parker Robinson Youth Ensemble, East Central College, That Uppity Theatre Co., the University of Missouri-Kansas City Theatre and Opera departments, COCAdance, The Slaughter Project Dance Company, the Madison-Cannon Project and various high schools, churches and community theatres. He has served on faculty as a dance instructor for Metro Theatre Company, COCA, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, City Arts Camp at Third Baptist Church, Best Talent Center and the Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre. He has assisted and restaged works by DeAnna Hiett, Rodni Williams and Sabrina Madison-Cannon.


Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:00pm
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 5:00pm

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