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Storytelling Through Dance First Steps!

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Did you know there was life before Rosa Dances with Wolves? It was called Odyssey. It was performed at the Reading Public Library Steps on July 29, 2016, and it was mostly dance performances that weaved around a story of a man who falls in love with a woman that personalizes the city.

Odyssey was the result of a partnership between the Reading Public Library’s Outreach Program and Barrio Alegria. The Library helped with the outreach and welcomed the redefining of its steps.

“Reading Public Library is not just a building that serves as a depository of books. It is a living and breathing entity that partners up with the community in order to help achieve its dreams. A performance on the Main steps allows the library to blur the permanence of its walls.”


Our main choreographers were:

Daniel Egusquiza, Executive Director of Barrio Alegria, has been dancing and choreographing for ten years. He directed Nuestras Voces 2015 as well as other community projects.

Deshawn Sprawley has been dancing since he was 8 years old. He decided to pursue a career in dance after auditioning for America’s Got Talent TV show. Deshawn has choreographed several pieces and has a very active online video dance presence.

Channing Durant appreciates the creative drive that comes from choreography. Inspired to dance after attending Theater Camp in High School he has also danced in Nuestras Voces 2015 and excitedly choreographed a song for Odyssey.

Maddy Hayes has danced for ten years including ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz. She has choreographed several pieces and loves dance because she can express her emotions and connect with the audience, so they may feel what she feels through the music.

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