Ox­ford dances

Recital fea­tures sev­eral global styles

The Covington News - - Sunday Living - By Rachel Oswald

The first per­for­mance of Ox­ford Col­lege Dance Com­pany’s an­nual spring recital was equal parts a re­joic­ing of the hu­man form and all the move­ment it is ca­pa­ble of and a stu­dent pep rally.

Act­ing out through dance their in­ner war­rior wo­man, sexpot and ro­man­tic ad­ven­turer, the dancers un­du­lated, twirled, stomped, skipped, leaped and shim­mied their way across the stage to the beats of many dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

Full to the brim with self­con­fi­dence and hope for their fu­tures, the dancers and stu­dent at­ten­dees alike could only see all that joined them to­gether.

The re­al­iza­tion that col­lege was, in fact, the best time of their life and that youth and ide­al­ism aren’t enough to over­throw decades of xeno­pho­bia, greed and anti- in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism hasn’t yet dawned on them, mak­ing them all the more beau­ti­ful for one more night.

But for a few more years they can revel in the eth­nic and cul­tural di­ver­sity of their class­mates, imag­in­ing that the world they will en­ter into af­ter col­lege will be just as ac­cept­ing of dif­fer­ences as the hal­lowed halls in which they’ve been ed­u­cated.

And that dream too beau­ti­ful.

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