The PRISMA Contemporary Dance Festival was heartfelt in Casco Viejo, Panama City and in ENLACES.
The kids had the opportunity to receive a class from Michael Foley (USA) and Omar Carrum (Mexico) from the Delfos Dance Company, whose energy was so contagious that our beloved Fernando Robles who is only 10 years old, made a special trip to see them perform at a local theater.
On October 27th, four ENLACES children participated in the International Contemporary Dance Seminar, taught by Aaron Burr of the John Jasperse Company (USA) in the Xielo studio by Gramo Dance. That same night, ENLACES students Reyes Gallardo and Jose Garrido, along with their grandmother, enjoyed performances in Panama's National Theater, put on by three different groups whose members came from Finland, Britain, Spainand Mexico. When we asked Reyes what he thought about the performance, he responded with just one word:"excellent!"
This festival was a great opportunity to bring culture into the lives of children from San Felipe and surrounding neighborhoods. We work to motivate the kids to participate in cultural activities outside of what is provided by ENLACES; in this case they were able to receive classes from the artists who participated in the PRISMA Festival. Our goal is that these cultural activities captivate the children's interests and opens the doors of possibilities; we want them to dream with a future different than what they wrongfully think they deserve.
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