In Enlaces we believe dancing is transformational. Kids not only work on physical and creative techniques, they learn how to calibrate their own energy and emotions, in order to become leaders in performing arts and social change promoters.
As a part of this self-recognition process, every three months they have dancing exams to set standards and make them aware of their own artistic progress. The examination is a two-fold process. First we test the execution of previously learned movement sequences and second each student has to create a movement sequence or dance based on established rules or themes. The emphasis on creativity, improvisation and self-expression is a core part of the program. Some of the aspects to be considered on the evaluation are technique, coordination, clarity of movement, memory, expressivity and creativity. In the first video we see two pair of kids doing an improvisational exercise where they have to mirror each other's movements. On first instance one is the leader and then the roles are reversed.
In a couple of days, we'll also post a second video showing Jose performing his individual movement sequence, so please, check it to see this kid's talent in action.
Following examination days, Fundacion Calicanto calls on open auditions for new talent and as a way to create interaction with the community.
As a final note, we are very excited and proud because two boys of our program were selected to be part of a local television show that will air in September. The show's purpose is to encourage children to reach their maximum artistic (dance) potential and develop their charisma. This show is a great opportunity that will expose them to experiences that otherwise will not be accessible to them. It will help them to grow both personally and artistically, and contribute to their development as positive and influential leaders in their community.