New York dancer returns to Chattanooga high school roots
Alia Kache, current rehearsal director for the internationally renowned Ailey II dance company, is home in Chattanooga to work with dancers at the Center for Creative Arts. She is here through November 21 choreographing two new works on the school’s student dance ensemble, Project Motion.Kache, a 2000 graduate of CCA, received her early dance training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004, she subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, and CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal). Ms. Kache has appeared in Laurie Simon’s Music of Regret – Act III, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary DVD, and Cordoniu Navidad 2007 (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatrical’s Aida, and also performed with Disney’s The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). As co-founder of Renegade Performance Group, Ms. Kache has choreographed for Broadway Cares, and The Helping Hands Campaign.
Ms. Kache’s work at CCA is part of the school’s on-going commitment to connect its students with working professionals in the arts. “By giving students exposure to real-world experiences and bringing in quality guest artists to work with them and coach them, we are immersing them in the professional arts world and showing them that their dreams are possible, and that they can make a living in the arts. The fact that Alia is an alum makes it even more special,” says Karen Wilson, CCA Director of Dance.
Kache is committed to working with her home community and influencing the next generation. “As a CCA alum it's important for me to set an example for future generations. While attending CCA, I had many opportunities to work with professional dancers. Having an opportunity to see those dancers perform, and take classes from them fueled me to become the artist I am today. If I could have changed anything about my experience, it would have been to meet professional dancers from my school, or at least from Chattanooga. It's important to see yourself in the world. I didn't have that - as a Tennessean, and especially as a woman of color. I made my way, but I did it without seeing what it would look like. I've been very lucky, and I want to share that,” says Kache.
The two pieces choreographed by Kache will appear on the Project Motion spring concert April 21 & 21 in the CCA Auditorium.