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The 30th anniversary celebration of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center kicks off at 7 pm on Thursday in Long Island University’s Kumble Theater.

Highlights of the program include the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to dancer-educator Carmen de Lavallade as well as performances by Dudley Williams (pictured), Marlies Yearby, Nia Love and more.

De Lavallade danced with the Lester Horton Dance Theater, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and The Metropolitan Opera before joining the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. The multi-talented artist has also performed off-Broadway and in the films "Carmen Jones" (1955) and "Odds Against Tomorrow" with Harry Belafonte (1959).

"The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration" will take place June 29 at 7 pm at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (Flatbush Avenue Extension at DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn). Tickets are $15, $13 seniors and students. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (718) 488-1624 or visit the Web site www.thelmahill.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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