Dancing Through Walls

DANCE PROJECT

2021 production in process

Dancing through walls is a dance exchange film project. The project takes dancers from Reading into our cities and brings dancers from those other cities to dance in Reading. This project is meant to showcase the beauty of our city as well as give local dancers a chance to explore other cities. 

On October 25, six children and their parents jumped into two vans (to social distance) to head to New York. Their destination was the Populous in Queens, NY to perform two typical Mexican dances. The youth and some of the parents had never been to New York before and were happy to see parts of the Big Apple for the first time.


Dancing Through Walls is a new dance film project by Barrio Alegría that hopes to address the old saying "poverty builds walls." We hope to transform this narrative to one of positive, opportunity, and as a way to open the invisible walls that enclose some of our city residents. This project is an opportunity to exchange information, culture, and traditions between our residents and other cities.

 

Artists from Reading were partnered with artists from cities like Hershey, Philadelphia, New York City and New Orleans as a community exchange. Artists traveling to Reading were filmed dancing throughout our city, and Reading artists did the same with their respective partners cities.

The 2020 Dancing Through Walls Dancers come from a variety of backgrounds and show how diverse our community is. This project reminds us how important it is to create spaces for art styles to thrive and to encourage research, exchange, and exploration in artists in order to grow understanding and empathy.

Sarah Krutsick
Sarah Krutsick

Style: Jazz Date:11/17/2020 Location: New Orleans

Oliver Fielding
Oliver Fielding

Style: Tap Date: 12/15/2020 Location: Hershey

Alexia Reyes & Alexandra Torres
Alexia Reyes & Alexandra Torres

Style: Salsa Date:11/21/2020 Location: Philadelphia

Channing Durant
Channing Durant

Style: Salsa Date: 11/14/20 Location: Philadelphia

Grupo Uarhani
Grupo Uarhani

Style: Mexican Folkloric Date:10/25/20 Location: New York City

Rachita Anambiar
Rachita Anambiar

Style: Bharatynatyam Date: November 10, 2020 Location: Reading Public Library Coming From: Mechanicsburg

Victoria Dovidio
Victoria Dovidio

Style: Hip Hop Date: 11/20/20 Location: DoubleTree parking garage Coming from: Philadelphia

Robyn Bellah
Robyn Bellah

Style: Contemporary Date: 11/20/20 Location: Kerpers Landing Boat Launch Coming From: Philadelphia

Sierra Carvalho
Sierra Carvalho

Style: Ballet Hip Hop Fusion Date: 12/21/20 Location: RACC Coming From: New Orleans

Dancing through walls dancers showcased a variety of dance styles, and their music was eclectic! 

Click on the videos below to listen to the music tracks that some of the dancers choreographed to.

Number of Dancers

10

Miles Travelled

1000

Cities 

5