Upcoming Performance - 2012
DATE: FRIDAY MARCH 30 2012
TOURNEE TRUE SCHOOL IN PARIS
DATE: APRIL 1ST & 2ND 2012
Mjc de bollwiller, NEG ONE
22, Rue de Soultz 68540 Bollwiller
DATE: APRIL 2ND & 3RD 2012
Stages True School à D.Master! 5 profs à vous rendre fous. Rte de Renens 4 1008 Prilly
I stand on stage
I could be a corpse-
with rubber arms
but you wouldn’t notice
because I can put on a good show.
I wear torn clothes
to represent my struggle
and you see style.
I have the tormenting aftertaste of
and you’ll still see the biggest smile.
I’ll make you never guess
how I’m weighed down by a story
Because once the lights come on
My feet will move swiftly
And in all their glory...
No one ever told me specifically
that I could be all I want to be
I heard the line said,
but to the boy next to me.
You see what I really wanted to do
was popping and locking
but then I found all THEY wanted
was face dropping
and booty hopping
I heard the music like it was made for me
and danced to it
like it was meant to be
but being female isn't so easy
when all men would see
was a girl "tryna" be like them
and that wasn't pretty
I could do a
and triple pirouette
then jump into the cypher and
make people regret
ever battling me
what they didn’t see was
I was self-supported
and sometimes discarded
I guess G-d didn’t want my life to be too easy
so I leaped over obstacles
and landed my turns at the same time
and as success came my way
so did tragedy
but I refused to be another sad story
I wouldn’t fill any quota
No one would have that satisfaction...
My feet bleed for the audience
And I have a heart attack
But you can’t tell
Because it’s all in the posture
I remember seeing girls at parties
dropping it like it's hot
When I was sweating blood and tears
giving the moves
everything I got
I remember falling backwards
Because no one would support me
And swimming rivers
while drowning in everything from death
to miscommunication in the community
I even tried moving away from the city
but nothing was the same-
I was in jeans of denial
and they were ripping at the seams...
I had to uplift my students
even if it meant crushing some of my dreams...
I have back pains that go so deep
That only the roots of trees
know what I mean
shards of glass
twist my vertebrae in every which direction
but I hold myself well,
it’s all in the posture
I had a lot of re-trying
and reliving of things
They say third time’s a charm
but sometimes that time’s the most harmful
to the delicate human structure
and curious mind
I was dancing in one direction
while my fortunes were reaching a blind.
But let’s forget my health.
before ever receiving a paycheck
I would negotiate things with death
I would confront the devil
in the name of my students
because to see others trapped
and do nothing-
Yesterday those who loved me,
Are the ones who mug me.
You all hear me yelling
And you all want to know why
But did you know sometimes I'm crying
cuz being strong is tiring
That being me is a job like any other
I’m a teacher, friend, leader, AND mother
I stand on stage
pierced by eyes from the audience
and I’m enraged inside
but I can swallow my pride
The lights burn holes
And I flail helpless
And the audience claps
And I lose my breath
And the audience claps
I scream through the
cat-cat- b'doom-cat- cat
They love it
It’s all in the posture...
You see I’m just a thirsty soul
And for me, dance is water.
Violeta Galagarza, ("V" to her friends), is a New Yorker of Puerto Rican heritage who has dedicated her heart and soul to the rhythms of life. With a background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Classical, and Modern Dance, blended with the flavor of Hip Hop, Breakdancing, African & Reggae, the multifaceted Violeta has a varied and balanced repertoire. She rounds off impressively with the traditional Latin styles of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Rumba, and red-blooded Tango.
She developed her talents in The Performing Arts School, Alvin Ailey Dance Company and The Boys Harbor School of the Arts. Currently, Violeta is the director of KR3TS (Keep Rising To The Top), as she named the group of over 60 dancers she manages. KR3TS represents her philosophy in life, in her personal as well as professional agenda.
She has delighted the community by sharing her talents and her time in fundraisers benefiting underprivileged families that count on extracurricular activities to enrich their youth. She aims to provide a safe and multi-disciplinary outlet to tap into the heart of the communities.... Their Children.
She has also pledged her humanitarian efforts as a volunteer in numerous events, as evidenced by the many awards she's been honored with. They include Congressman Charles B. Rangel's Award of Achievement Recognition, and The Governor of Puerto Rico's Award of Outstanding Support and donation to victims of Hurricane Hugo.
Ever since I can remember I have always loved to dance. I did not wake up one morning and say, I think I'll choose to become a dancer, instead the art of dance has chosen me. Dance is my passion and my desire, and I have revolved my life around it. Nevertheless, dance has helped me discover and develop other branches such as theater, directing, and writing.
There is a mixture of urban art and culture for people of all ages. Therefore, I have developed a production of multi-arts, which consist of events and showcases that portrays not only my art but also the art of the younger generation of people.
I enjoy creating dance pieces that young people can relate to, and also feel free to express themselves, whether it's through movement expression, acting expression, or even vocal expression. It is important to me that I help and possibly become a reason for these young adults to want and seek a positive road to life, whether it's through the performing arts or simply the feeling of being accepted by a group of people such as the KR3T'S, and call us his or her second family. While my passion began with dance, my creative art process has expanded into other areas.
I have complete confidence in myself, and know that with time and more training, I will be able to expand even further. This will also enable me to reach out further to the young adults I work so closely with, and my audience whom I love.