OCA Dance is a group of fine young New York City dancers, led by Kennyth Montes de Oca, who represent a healthy cross-section of what it means to be Latin today.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 ~ OCA Dance performs “Pal’Monte” in a Fast Forward presentation curated by Sangeeta Yesley at Dixon Place in NYC’s Lower East Side on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30pm. From $15
On the theme of “The Inner Strength”, Kennyth Montes de Oca and the fine OCA Dance dancers invoke the West African mother goddess of the sea, Yemayá, on their way to that special place in the mountains of the human soul. “Olo ho, Yemayá, Olo ho, Allah Yemayá, O… ..”
The show is a double bill with Kizuna Dance.
Get tickets from $15 at dixonplace.org
Afro-Caribbean dance can be just for fun, or for spiritual, or for healing purposes. There are sacred rhythms and movements that have been done the same way since the beginning of human time. From the outside looking in, you might not know the difference. When everything is stripped away from you, all that’s left is your body and your faith. Together these are your “inner strength”.
It’s funny. In the States we call this Afro-Caribbean. But in the Caribbean, we just call this Caribbean.
OCA Dance has some fine young New York City dancers who represent a healthy cross-section of what it means to be Latin today.
Kennyth Montes de Oca is a dancer and choreographer originally from the Dominican Republic. He dances with Ballet Hispánico’s second company BHdos and Dzul Dance.
Deja N. Darbonne (Creole + African-American + Barbadian + British) from California grew up in the ballet world. She dances with Ballet Hispánico’s second company BHdos.
Isabella Vergara is a Mexican + American with roots in Acapulco and Brooklyn who dances with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.
Aurélie Garcia from the south of France represents the Latin Mediterranean through her North African + Spanish + Italian, Hispanic-Arabic roots. She dances for MOMIX and Vanessa Long Dance Company.
Francisca Quintanilla is Salvadoran+Puerto Rican Latin dance specialist from New Jersey. She dances with Dance Boissiere.
Marina Goita from Basque Country in the north of Spain, started dancing Basque folk dance before entering the ballet world. She danced with Ballet Hispánico’s second company BHdos.
We know some of these dancers from our work with other dance companies. They are a beautiful group. “E pluribus unum” (from many one). From many backgrounds, one thing unites them all, she is the sea. “Olo ho, Yemayá, Olo ho, Allah Yemayá, O… ..”