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Ballet Rox Families and Staff Participate in Vigil: Black Lives Matter!

Yesterday, to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, families, staff, and board members of BalletRox gathered on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain for a 30-minute community vigil.

(Photos: Jamaica Plain, MA, June 4, 2020, Rachel Hassinger for BalletRox.)

It was great to see many of you in person, even though 6 feet apart!

As you will read/watch through our digest this week, you will find many links dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

We invite you to ponder on our common human history of racism and see how dance has been able to lift spirits, speak volumes without saying a single word, and transform people. Let us educate our kids to see one another as equals.

Youth Council Dancers “Amplify!”

The BalletRox Youth Council members created a virtual dance project, called, “Amplify!”

The youth wrote a grant last fall proposing to express their dance skills on a topic that yet again has become personal to many of us: immigration and embracing different cultures. When the rehearsals were cut short by the pandemic quarantine, the youth continued to work on their videos at home!

Enjoy this final mashup video, edited by MacKenzie Lee, our intern from Lesley University.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: We Dance (~3 min)

All Rise Up—Syncopated Ladies for Justice (~2.5 min)

“I Can’t Breathe”

Read more about Royal Ballet star Marcelino Sambé, who choreographed and performed this video tribute to George Floyd entitled “I Can’t Breathe.”

Tap

Creative Movement

I like to move it Zumba (~2 min)

5 step choreography (~7 min)

Modern

Ballet

Hip Hop

“Dear Racism” (~1.5 min)

From Seed Language, an original dance/theater production of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC). 

Dancers Against Racism | Boston, MA (2015)

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