The History of Music and Dance in the 1900’s to the 1990’s

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The performance we went to see was about the history of music and dance in the 1900’s to the 1990’s. It was performed by dancers from the Cerqua Rivera dance company. It was at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Throughout the whole performance we learned a lot about the history of dance and music. For example, the people who created the dance, history of the dance, and why they created it. Also during the performance, they had times where people in the audience could participate by getting on stage and learning how to dance.

The first dance in the performance felt very classical. In the dance there were a total of three dancers. While they were performing that dance they all had a smile on their faces. The second dance felt very jazzy. The reason why was that time was called Ragtime. Ragtime was when jazz started to get popular. After that, there was a salsa type of dance. One of the last dances took place in the 60’s and 70’s. That was the time of Civil Rights movement. It was also a time of hardship in Vietnam. It was a hard time for immigrants trying to move into the United States. It was also the longest dance of them all. The last dance they performed was about the 80’s and 90’s. In this dance most of the dancers had the chance to be free with themselves.

In this performance I learned a lot about music and dance that I didn’t know at first. For example, Ragtime. I knew at first that jazz was popular in the early 90’s, but I didn’t know that it has its own era. It reminds me of another performance I saw on Friday at Chi Arts. We went to it because a friend of my older brothers named Mekeba was featured. He is a dancer who goes to Chi Arts for high school. It reminded me of Cerqua Rivera because they were both about dance. The difference between the two performances was that one featured adults and the other featured teenagers. The cool thing about one of the dances in the Chi Arts performance is that it was choreographed by a teenager.

In the performance the dancers expressed themselves to the audience throughout the whole thing. After seeing it I felt inspired. Mostly about dance and music. Like the salsa dancing, the classical jazz, the feeling of drifting away. The other part of the performance I saw and really liked was the one about hardship. Hardship is something we all go through. Not at the same time but we all go through it. That dance was easily the longest dance out of them all. At one part the dancers would all be on the stage, but little by little they all went off. That left one still on the stage. That made it feel intriguing.

Overall the entire matinee was a complete thrill. It was also successful, the reason being for it was a full house. There were some parts that I really enjoyed. For example, when the dancers gave eye contact to the audience. The thing is they didn’t do that through the full performance. For this reason, it makes me dislike it a bit. Overall it was a great performance. And I will always remember it. At least I hope I will remember it.