City Pulse

By Patricia Wersinger

We could all use a dose of musical intoxication in this drab post-holiday season, when the temperature is cold and the skies are inhospitable. So to beat the winter blues, I went to the Symphony Space Theater last Sunday and got my heart entranced by the rollicking Stam-Pede, an innovative show of the best in percussive dance. Soulful Flamenco, mesmerizing Irish steps, innovative body percussion, and dreamy Bharata Natyam, assembled to create a virtuosic display of lightening fast footwork on cadence with rhythmic accompaniments. The audience was stirred!

The featured companies included the Chicago Tap Theater, a young and vibrant dance company with an unique mission to preserve the quintessentially American dance form of tap, the Darrah Carr Dance, a company incorporating Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns within contemporary choreography, David Parker and The Bang Group, a New York-based, theatrical dance troupe dedicated to the rhythmic potential of the dancing body, Maya de Silva & Flamenco Revolucion, a thrilling ensemble of impetuous dancers who kept me on the edge of my seat all along, SLURP by Adam Metzger, a fusion of various dance styles and music, and the Parijat Desai Dance Company which presented an elegant and exciting blend of Bharata Natayam and contemporary dance. In addition, the program also featured two of tap’s rising stars, Michelle Dorrance, whose company Dorrance Dance, took home the 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, and Caleb Teicher, who also won a 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance as a dancer.

The power and precision in every dance number made for unique enjoyment and offered something to rejoice everyone, young and old. Stam-Pede will return to Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC soon. Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 212-864-5400.

Originally published January 2012
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