On Friday, December 11th, Aftershock (a dance group at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice) performed in Pulso Latino’s (tri-co dance troupe) Dance Showcase. They first performed at Parkway’s Gender Seminar in November (see my previous post for more information). Their piece was a huge success and I knew other people needed to see how much talent was in Mount Airy. We began contacting various venues and Pulso Latino graciously gave Aftershock a spot in their showcase. Special thanks to Pulso’s Hannah Moreira ’10 and Raul Lazo ’11 who were so gracious and went out of their ways to welcome us to their showcase.
To say the show went well? Understatement. Ridiculously amazing? Apt.
Our trip started on Thursday, December 10th, when we headed to Haverford for the dress rehearsal. A few mix-ups led to a long wait in the Market East train station but the young men kept their energy up (and mine!) with beat-boxing, dance-offs, and shopping (thank you the Gallery). Once we all arrived at Haverford and saw the new lighting system in Marshall, it was game time. Talent to the left, talent to the right!
On Friday we arrived at Haverford a few hours before call time and were able to look around campus. It was quite a breezy night but we all had our layers (earmuffs, fur lined coats, intense gloves, the works!).
I was excited to show the students around; they were very easygoing and let me and Ralph Alexis ’13 play tour guide for awhile. We made sure to visit Magill Library and one of the students recited poetry in Phillips Wing.
We also shot a few hoops in the GIAC (I say we, but I retired from the bball game freshman year) and ate a hearty local food dinner in the Dining Center.
Then, the show. These students KILLED it (in the most peaceful way possible)! Even though I wasn’t dancing, I was exhausted from screaming and cheering. I’ll end with some photos from their performance. Marshall Auditorium was not ready, so much talent on one stage!!!
If anyone has ideas for future venues for these young men to perform, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.