In celebration of the 15th Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 18, Lotus Creations makes this special blog where we revisit our big events of the past year.
It has been a whole year since the Traveling Lotus Youth Group has performed to Yolanda Adam's "I Believe" for the 14th MLK Memorial Concert on January 17, 2015 (watch video to the right!). Time has truly flied! Our kids have matured so much as dancers and as members of society in a year's time. Our Traveling Lotus group has also expanded to include many new faces. It has been such an exciting year for Lotus.
As the weather got warmer in 2015, the Traveling Lotuses have posed for a successful photo shoot in the Prospect Park of Brooklyn. Looking back today, these beautiful pictures continue to bring back memories of the lazy summer sun and cool breeze over the pond in the park.
In the beginning of June we finished our next public performance - the Holding Down the Fort performance in Fort Greene Park. Performed with us are Na'im, Samir, Genesis, Athenais, and our two girls Jasmine and Rebecca from Long Island. It was fun to perform with the amazing jazz singers and musicians in the same concert.
In the last week of October, we have performed for the Oxford Nursing Home near our new campus in Clinton Hill on Myrtle Avenue. The residents of Oxford reflected that they were very delighted to have the surprise visit of our young performers. We hope that the collaboration between Oxford and Lotus carries into the future to bring the older members of our community the happiness of dance.
In December, both the Lotus kids and Lotus youths performed at LAVA Brooklyn's end-of-the-year performance LAVA MAGMA MIX. The event, well participated by a wide range of audiences, merged two different performing styles - hip-hop and acrobatics - into one evening length show, earning audiences' applause from the beginning to the end.
And now, the new year has arrived, Lotus Creations is looking forward to expand in class size, the types of classes it offers, to participate in more performances, and to bring our dance into the hearts of localities of Brooklyn.
Throughout his life, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. stressed the importance of community building. He had seen the power of a group of people believing in a same positive goal and working as a community. Lotus Creations would not have accomplished so much in the year 2015 without the help of so many people. We know who you are and we thank you with all our hearts. Martin Luther King Jr. would had been 87 this year. Let us all be inspired by his legacy and continue in his steps of community building. We are very hopeful that together we will be able to accomplish much more in 2016!