Last week your OMS students attended a performance by Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre brought to you by the PTA Cultural Arts committee. They were an engaged audience, active and joyful participants in the dance lessons, and insightful thinkers during the Q&A time. The program took OMS students on a journey through over 100 years of dance and music, demonstrating how different historical and cultural influences play into contemporary music and dance. The vintage pieces were fun and engaging (the children and some teachers loved learning some steps with the dancers!), and the contemporary dances stretched their minds by exploring stories of community and belonging through modern choreography. Please ask your child what they thought about today’s performance, and check out some more information about the dance company and their school performance below!
CRDT uses dance and music to nourish the mind and the soul. They unite artists & audiences to explore themes that shape our community. Their mission is to use dance and music to gather people to contemplate factors that knit our community together and differences that add complexity to our society.
Through a dynamic variety of dances, students saw first hand how movement can tell stories in ways that transcend the limits of words. Featuring rotating pieces from the company’s repertoire, this show historically highlights where different contemporary American dance & music come from and the stories they tell.
The school performance included opportunities for student participation and featured the following pieces: Charleston “Maple Leaf Ragtime” 1900-1918, Swing “Stompin’ at the Savoy” 1930’s, Latin Jazz “Manteca” 1940’s, American Catracho (exploring immigration, language, and making a new home), and ROOT (African Diaspora & community). For more information, please visit their website at https://www.cerquarivera.org/