Special Events at DREAM 2024

Community Impact


Orlando Excellence: A Cultural Experience

In alignment with the DREAM Theme of Community Vibrancy: to catalyze more equitable and economically vibrant communities and drive shared prosperity, we plan to highlight and shine a light on local businesses, non-profits, community colleges and people that are working to advance community vibrancy and economic impact in Orlando. Throughout DREAM, there will be various special events that feature local Orlando visual and performing arts.


Orlando Cultural Excellence Events


Monday, February 19 – Thursday, February 22

Art Exhibit

Valencia College School of Arts & Entertainment

The Valencia College School of Arts and Entertainment is honored to share the incredible talents of our students. From center stage to the art studio, from backstage to a recording studio, from a control booth to a film set, our School of Arts and Entertainment prepares you to tackle new challenges. You can earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree as you learn from industry professionals.

Monday, February 19

Vocalist & Musical Accompaniment--Lift Every Voice and Sing, Opening Plenary Session

Singers: Rebecca Tilus and Early Brewster, Students, Valencia College
Music Director, Valencia College: Terrance Lane

Terrance L. Lane is the music director at Central Christian Church and is the collaborative artist for the Orlando Choral Society. He has been a guest conductor for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando.  Dr. Lane served in music education for over 20 years. He is the former director of choral studies and co-director of opera workshop/music theater at Bethune-Cookman University. He has collaborated with world-renowned artists, and his recognitions include winning the Tourgee DeBose Piano Competition, where he received the Young Artist Award and the Frances Walker Performance Award. Dr. Lane holds a B.S. in music education, an MBA, and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration.

Opening Plenary Session

Oak Ridge High School Band Program, Drumline Performance

The Oak Ridge High School Band Program aims to provide students with a safe environment in which they can learn self-expression, discipline, excellence, and valuable life lessons through musical performance and community outreach. Mrs. Krystal Campbell-Adkins, is Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Oak Ridge High School.


Valencia College Jazz Quartet, Opening Reception

Ryan Santiago, Trumpeter/Group Leader, is the leader of this wonderful group! Loves to play and perform all types of music, such as jazz, salsa, classical, pop, etc. He has played for Fun Spot, Cedar Point, and other recognizable companies! Ryan is based in Orlando, Florida, and teaches various ensembles, including a local salsa band and the OYCE Jazz ensembles!

Santiago Parra-Romero, Pianist/Saxophonist, was raised in a Colombian-American and grew to love music and jazz in particular over the course of working/studying locally in Orlando, Florida! He is currently working as a teacher with Avalon School of Music and East Orlando School of Music, as well as directing a jazz ensemble with OYCE.

Lucas Zamora, Drummer, plays in various music groups and ensembles in the Orlando area, including one for OYCE.

Federico Rodriguez, Bassist, was born and raised in Florida and a product of OCPS schools. He currently plays in numerous ensembles around Orlando and teaches the rhythm section for OYCE.


Tuesday, February 20

Salsa Dance Demonstration and Instruction

Abigail Ramos Domenech is the owner of Breathe Dance Studio in Orlando, Florida. Having danced since the age of 15, Ramos Domenech is trained in many dance styles, including ballet, jazz, character, contemporary, hip hop, Latin dance, lyrical, modern, areo, acrobatics, and improv. She studied dance at Valencia College, where she taught salsa and choreographed for the Valencia College Summer Dance Institution. She founded Breathe Dance in 2023 as a place for community members to have a safe place in which to learn to dance and to create.



Sunday, February 18

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Kresge Foundation International Welcoming Reception, for International Guests


Monday, February 19

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast Planning Meeting for South African and New Zealand Delegation, by invitation only

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception for All Attendees

7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Reception for Presidents and Chancellors


Tuesday, February 20

7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Racial Equity Breakfast


5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Aspen Presidential Fellowship Alumni Reception

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

TCU Networking Reception, Open to all TCU Attendees

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Meet the Network Reception

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Salsa Dance Demonstration and Instruction


6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Dinner for South African and New Zealand Delegation, by invitation only


Wednesday, February 21

12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Recognition Luncheon for All Attendees


5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

DREAM Scholars Reception


5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

City Colleges of Chicago Reception


8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Swim Digital Reception, by invitation only


Thursday, February 22

7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

TCU Initiative Alignment with Coaches Breakfast


12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

South African Delegation Lunch

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