Teatro Anita Villalaz was packed at Movement Exchange’s 5th annual show on the stormy night of June 13, 2014. Malambo Orphanage and the Danilo Perez Foundation each performed a piece choreographed by Move-Ex volunteers, with Malambo rocking out to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Danilo Perez channeling their inner Gatsby to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”. Both pieces required high energy and dramatic attitude – which both groups BROUGHT.
The Movement Exchange volunteers also performed a piece to Florence + The Machine’s “No Light No Light”, which showcased choreography by Dance Diplomat Julia Weidman (at only 16, she is a true artist!) as well as improvisation, highlighting the very different talents and styles each dancer brought to this exchange.
Other notable performances included a self-choreographed World Cup-themed dance by a group from Aldea SOS, a breakdancing showcase, a traditional Congo piece, and musical performances by the talented children of Danilo Perez. And of course, the show would not have been possible without the hard work and MC skills of our exchange leaders, Tinna Hernandez and Anna Pasternak.
The excitement of lightening striking around the theater throughout the show was certainly matched by the energy of the performers inside. It was a successful night of spreading the joy of dance in the local community!