Youth Matinee Series

Igniting the kaleidoscope of our imagination

For over forty years, the Carver Community Cultural Center has captured the hearts and minds of children of all ages, their families and educators through the Youth Matinee Series.

Dates and times are subject to change.

This series of free, multicultural and multidisciplinary performances have ignited imaginations, broadened minds and expanded knowledge by introducing generations of audiences to the diverse cultures and art forms of our global community.

We have always believed in the potential and power of the arts to transform lives, build community and foster connections. Through equitable access, we work to ensure everyone is able to reap the many rich benefits access to and participation in the performing and visual arts offers.

Hiplet Ballerinas

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11am

With their signature, innovative dance form that combines classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles, Hiplet Ballerinas pushes the boundaries of classical ballet and challenges the dominant narrative of what a ballerina looks like. Intentionally created to make ballet accessible for all, Hiplet’s trademark style is showcased against both classical and popular music audiences will recognize, from Bach to Beyonce.

Fly Dance Company: The Gentlemen of Hip Hop

Youth Matinee: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

Family Show: Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

Wowing audiences all over the world, FLY Dance Company is an all-male contemporary dance company from Houston, Texas known for its high-energy performance style called “theatrical hip hop”. Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance and classical choreographic principles set to a variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, hip hop, percussive and live sound effects.

Charlotte Blake Alston: Master Storyteller

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11am

For thousands of years throughout the African continent, people have gathered and told stories as a way to preserve and pass down history, mythology, culture community values and beliefs. The tradition may be the strongest in the West African countries where griots or jalis (storytellers) still carry on the rich tradition. Drawing from her wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary stories and songs, internationally renowned storyteller, Charlotte Blake Alston, breathes new life into the African diasporic oral traditions.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:00 am

Through the universal language of dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) honors African American heritage, explores the human condition and offers a transformative experience through physical movement. With a strong commitment to community engagement and education, CPRD harnesses the power of dance to engage students’ minds, bodies and spirits through movement that celebrates creative expression, diversity and peace.