About Bridging Souls Productions
Artistic Director, Tamara Prince-Parrish, founded Bridging Souls Productions July 2010 in Memphis, TN. The company’s work is to bring a professional standard of modern dance and other performing arts media to the community of Memphis and beyond, which includes hosting classes and concerts based on grace, athleticism, and versatility. On August 29, 2010 BSP gave their debut performance at “Stylus: A Fashion Wonderland Charity Fashion Show” held at Brinson’s in Memphis, in which all proceeds benefited Youth United with Senior Citizens. We went on to perform at the 2010 River Arts Festival in downtown Memphis. Our first fundraiser was held in November of 2010 at Art Village Gallery, which was a great success in funding our first dance concert held at Evergreen Theatre entitled MOSAIC SOULS (fall 2010). BSP has since produced Bridging the Hybrid Raq (spring 2011) and EMBODIMENT (fall 2011) and SPIRIT (spring 2012), EPISODES (fall 2012), EVOLUTION (spring 2013), and UNITY (fall 2013). With UNITY, BSP partnered with Art Village Gallery in the Art of Motion fundraiser and established a GoFundMe account that successfully raised funds from October-December 2013 to pay the dancers a stipend for their hard work. BSP went on to produce Spring Awakening (spring 2014) and ORIGINS (fall 2014).
They just made history by producing SOUL II SOUL, which sponsored by Ekundayo Bandela at Hattiloo Theatre. They are the first African American led dance company to grace the stage. BSP went on to host their first dance intensive the BORN 2 DANCE YOUTH SUMMER INTENSIVE focusing on six hours of intensive dance training for students ages 8-16 in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and conditioning. BSP has performed for the Hot Foot Honey’s Song & Dance May (2015), Macy’s Day Event on February 28, 2015, performed at the Phi Beta Sigma’s Centennial on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Hot Foot Honey’s Heart & Sole (April 2014) and at the first Isaac Hayes Day Celebration at Handy Pavilion (August 2014). Past shows include The Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals Agents of Change Awards in December of 2010, Rhodes College Black Students Association for the Kwanzaa Celebration (Jan 2011) and Black Arts Night (Feb 2011), the 5th and 6th Annual Destined 2 Dance Awards, REACH, FOOTNOTES 3 & FOOTNOTES 4 presented by Performance Art Network at the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center (2011-2013), Tri-state Defender Women of Excellence High Tea and Awards Celebration held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens (2011), PREPared Fashion show at the Hilton Memphis (2011-2012), The Partnership Walk hosted by Partnerships in Action (2010 and 2011), the 16th AND 18th Annual Stone Awards (2011 & 2013), Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church (2012 & 2013), Rehoboth Ministries (2010), Open Heart Spiritual Center (2010 & 2012), and Mississippi Boulevard 89th and 90th Anniversary Celebrations and Palm Sunday Service (2011-2013).
In addition to performing, BSP teaches classes to students as young as 3 years old and as old as 60 years. Classes in-group and private lessons are offered around the city of Memphis in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, West African Dance, Creative Movement, Liturgical Dance, and Choreography. We at Bridging Souls Productions exist to keep dance and the performing arts alive. Arts education and collaborating with local artists that share that same drive to bring awareness to lasting creativity is the passion we live for.
What We Stand For
Our mission is to build continuous relationships in dance performance while collaborating with poets, musicians, and visual artists.
Our vision as a premier group of performance artists is to unite together to share our passion for the arts by educating on the principles and structure of various dance forms.
Our goal is to expressively create avenues of performance for local choreographers, dancers, musicians, and actors, so that they can present their love for the performing arts with surrounding communities on any stage.