Raising the Dust (Levanta Poeira)
Choreographer: Simone Ferro
Music: dominguinhos, Francisco Perreira Lima & Batucada (Rhythm of Brazillan Samba Schools)
Costume Design: Aaron Meyers
Lighting Design: Steve Draheim
Dancers: Briana Burckhardt, Katie Culver, Lauren Hall, Abby Mathias, Amy Schaeffer, Angelica Scott, Meredith Sidman, Sarah Thalhammer.
Levanta Poeira is a colloquial term for nightlong dancing event in the northeast of Brazil. In inland region known as the sertao, people may dance for hours on the dry, hard packed soil. The dancers literally "raise the dust" as they celebrate. This piece is a brush stroke of polyrythmic styles from different reigons of Brazil, displaying the diversity and the richness of the Brazillian music.