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If you love to dance and choreograph, please join the YWD Dance. This group is for those who enjoy modern dance, ballet or jazz. You don't need to have experience to join. Contact Sara Robledo

Meeting the Elegant YWD Dance Group
By Peggy Chen/ Sunday, May 21st, 2006 / New York Culture Center

I sat on the floor and watched a group of approximately 10 girls stood frozen in their various poses. Two by two, they "awoke," and made revolutions around themselves, twirling around elegantly and effortlessly, as if they were threads of ribbon unraveling from a spool.

At the same time, one young woman read from President Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends in America," to a smaller group of dancers as they interpreted key words from it. (For the word "justice," two dancers covered another's eyes with their hands before withdrawing them).

The rehearsal, led by the YWD Dance Group leader, Sara Robledo, ended a while later with a run-through of the "unraveling" sequence to music. The song was an interesting selection: the sound of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the beat of tribal drums; the beat picked up with the start of a sonorous gongyo. The song sounded so rhythmic, so full of hope and life, it seemed to be a perfect match for the beautiful movements of the dancers.

If the rehearsal was this moving, I can't wait to see the performance on July 16th.

I enjoyed it, and I think you would too. You can join the dancers at their next rehearsal on Sunday, June 4th, from 5 PM - 7 PM at the New York Culture Center, in addition to the regularly scheduled rehearsals. Sara, the group's leader, said that the dancers would likely have additional rehearsals in June at a local dance studio.

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