At first, campers were hesitant to go up on stage to dance with Boston contemporary dance troupe Urbanity, but the performers wouldn’t take no for an answer, and soon a stream of campers made their way up. This past Tuesday marked the ninth and final week of theNewCenter’s summer long performance series, Explore World Arts (for more information on the program, click here).
Contemporary dance, a fusion of jazz, ballet and a variety of other styles, might not sound like the most interesting genre for 11-14 year olds, but the campers couldn’t take their eyes off the show. Dancers performed beautifully and brought campers on stage to get involved, directing them through a variety of moves while friends cheered them on from the audience. In one activity, campers pretended they were blue dots on a GPS, moving to the rhythm of the music. Later in the performance, a counselor-in-training was invited on stage to try improvisational dance, and stunned the crowd (and the dance troupe!) with her unexpectedly great performance! When the performers show such an obvious love of dance, it’s hard not to smile and tap your feet!