Kudos to Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for continuing with their mission to bring a "...a more culturally interconnected..." group of dancers together. Sunday afternoon's (November 25) program was a very nice first half of duets. Though it was too short, stand out for the afternoon was Camille A. Brown's very successful Memories (2012), to live music (improvisation based on “You Taught My heart to Sing” by McCoy Tyner and “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper) performed by Nick Demopoulos. Dressed in jeans, shirts and sneakers, Samantha Figgins and (replaced) shared Brown’s casual yet technical look at taking it easy. Dwight Rhoden’s Testament, danced beautifully by Natalia Alonso and Tercell Waters, followed. The last duet, Jae Man Joo’s Flight was danced by two dynamos – Mark Caserta and Norbert De La Cruz III. Rhoden’s Growth danced by Gary W. Jeter III closed the first half. The second half was a lively presentation of Rhoden’s Pretty Gritty Suite (2004). Unquestionably, the dancers of Complexions are beautiful to watch. Sadly, there was an injury that prevented one dancer not to perform, but as is expected, others quickly filled in to make a great afternoon
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