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Roof-Top Dancing in America : West Side Story

Posted on almost 5 years ago
Roof-Top Dancing in America : West Side Story

This weekend I took some time to revisit the great musical called "West Side Story". For those who have not seen the play or movie, its plot is very similar to "Romeo and Juliet" except placed in the era of the mid-1950s during which time there was a period of migration from Puerto Rico to New York. The two lovers in the film are not only separated by race, but also by the gang violence between two feuding groups: The Sharks and The Jets.Given the popular social discussion of foreigners and immigration nowadays, I find this particular musical performance interesting as it highlights the fact that history always repeats itself and is often expressed through great art forms! For those who watch "So You Think You Can Dance", you will notice that this was the choreography used in the audition process during what is called "Vegas Week"....