Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre presents an educational and moving performance, ROOT by Monique Haley and Joe Cerqua. Haley, a Black choreographer was inspired by West African maxims, and collaborated with composer Joe Cerqua and the full company over two years, leading to a powerful, exciting piece. The suite celebrates the resilient journey of individuals within a community through the blending of African dance, American Jazz and Music, and the creators’ own unique contemporary voices.
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“In this zoom experience the thing I enjoyed most was the way that the dancers used their bodies to bring out their inner emotions. I found it very intriguing how so many different moves could mean so many different things. One thing I learned that was new was how choreographers would blend so many different ideas and tastes to create a masterpiece in dance. I think other students would enjoy this performance as well because they would get a bit of a look into these dancers styles and maybe understand a little bit more about the dancers and about dance.”