The spring season fosters in us a mood for artistic expressions. Last Friday, April 22nd, Lotus Creations joined St. Joseph College’s young dancers for an unforgettable evening at its spring concert titled “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.
The program featured an evening-length show at St. Joseph’s Tuohy Auditorium. A wide range of dance forms were presented on stage: contemporary dance, hip-hop, African dance, Bollywood, jazz, tap, stepping, and Latin styles. About 150 audience members attended the evening.
Lotus Creations presented two new pieces choreographed by artistic director Jevon “Jerzey” Goldson. During the first half of the show five Traveling Lotus Kids jumped, stomped, turned and leaped on stage. Three of them opened the piece powerfully, showcasing speed and flexibility. Joined later are the remaining two little dancers whose technique and precision brought the piece to its climax and won unceasing loud cheering from the crowd.
When the Traveling Lotus teens and adults appeared on stage during the second half, the audiences cheered to welcome back now one of their favorites. The Lotuses did not let them down. The teens performed an exciting choreography to a mash-up of popular songs of the day, followed by a duet by Jerzey and Naimah to Justin Bieber’s catchy pop song Sorry. The audiences were boiling with cheers at the duet’s powerful execution of isolated movements and precision in facial expressions. Like the duet was not enough, three more performers—including our executive director Jo—joined to give the piece another dimension in its formation. With the music at a faster beat, the group twisted, dipped, and slayed.
Performing on stage can be both exciting and liberating. The dancer gets to share a part of her that is beyond description of words—not only with the audience, but also with herself. Keep creating and sharing, dancers!