Reviews

Amazing Dancers

by Katie Johnson

I saw something amazing this spring at Broadway Performance Hall, a professional dance concert. It was beautifully staged, and cleverly costumed, but that was only to be expected of a professional modern dance company. The varied music set off the varied and interesting choreography to perfection, but that wasn't unexpected enough to be amazing, either.

The amazing part was that nobody in the whole company of about thirty dancers was over fifteen years old, and the youngest ones were only eight.

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The Valley View

by Katherine G. Bond

Never have I openly cried at a dance performance. Until now. After days of processing the Littleton violence, the April 25th performance by Kaleidoscope caught me by surprise.

….But the dance that left me weeping was "Oh, Be Gentle." Anne Green Gilbert combined American Sign Language with movement to offer a plea for gentleness toward all living things….this is why we need the arts….they have the power to heal us in ways we cannot explain. That's what dance and children are capable of doing.

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The Seattle Weekly

by Lodi McClellan

For 18 years, Kaleidoscope Dance Company has performed its annual "Gift of Dance" concert without ever receiving a real review. Before last Sunday's performance I wasn't inclined to review it either. The reason is simple. Kaleidoscope is a company of 23 kids, ages 8-14. It didn't seem fair to scrutinize them with the same exacting standards reserved for a profesional troupe. I've had to rethink that assumption. The Kaleidoscope concert wasn't only good, it was refreshing and, somehow, important – a stunning reminder of how choregraphy as a manifestation of ideas can be more engaging that choreography as extension of ego or imitated steps. All credit goes to Anne Green Gilbert, Kaleidoscope's artistic director.

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