Dancin’ in the streets
May 19th, 2011
Omaha, NE – People are dancing in the streets right here in Omaha. The Boise, Idaho-based dance company, the Trey McIntyre Project, performs in cities, large and small, all around the world, and this week they can be spotted throughout the city of Omaha.
Chanel DaSilva is one of the twelve contemporary ballet dancers for the group. DaSilva calls their random street acts â€œSpurbans.â€
“Itâ€™s interesting,” DaSilva said. “In Boise, weâ€™ve kind of done it a lot, so they kind of know weâ€™re coming now, and theyâ€™re like, are you going to do a Spurban? And they love it.”
“In cities like Omaha,” she said, “theyâ€™re like, whoâ€™s this gang of people in Trey McIntyre Project shirts?”
But DaSilva said she thinks Omahans are loving it. “I think people need art and some love to break up the day.” DaSilva said sheâ€™s been dancing since the age of three, and that a lot of work goes into their performances.
“Two of the pieces are a collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz Band,” she said. “They won’t be here live with us, but weâ€™re dancing to their music, which is like good New Orleans classic jazz music.” DaSilva said both pieces are “inspired by New Orleans culture.”
The dance troupe will be dancing on the stage Friday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha. The group will also be â€œdancing in the streetsâ€ in Omahaâ€™s Old Market Thursday evening.
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