By Madison Cappuccio
From Bodies Beyond Borders: Dance on the U.S./Mexico Border
If you were asked to describe a dancer, what kind of person would you describe? Athletic? Graceful, perhaps? These descriptions are certainly valid but now is the time to challenge how we interpret dancing and it's impact on culture. In Bodies Beyond Borders: Dance on the U.S./Mexico Border, readers will ultimately examine the relationship between dance and language.
|Pilar Medina. (Rocío Alejandra)|
Dancers are storytellers. In the absence of words, crafted choreography is utilized to tell stories of life. Dancing depicts the innermost intricacies of the human body, mind, and spirit.
Take a look at the facial expression of the dancer to the left-what do you see? More importantly, what does she make you feel?
|Ballet Cámara de la Frontera. (Arturo Casillas)|
|Taller Coreográfico de la UABC. (Arturo Casillas)|
Sequences of steps are employed to create a sense of surrealism. Dancers evoke emotion by use of motion to reflect reality. In some cases, dancers offer a temporary escape from reality.
These "promoters of culture" defy societal boundaries by expressing their identity through the performing arts. In Patricia Cardona's essay, "Something More Than Reptiles and Thistles" she describes dancers best: "They are like drops of water whose sound is still there, still in the spirits, still in the feelings of the inhabitants." Revolutionize the way you interpret dance by dancing your way through Bodies Beyond Borders here.