Saturday, December 20, 2014

Young dancers ‘Say Something’ with aplomb

Artist’s statement and photographs by Marisol Díaz
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Jada Taylor, 10, practices her C-Jump.
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Bryann Rodriguez, 9, sports a Venetian mask during rehearsal at the Tamico Dancing studio on Saturday.
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Jossely Sanchez, 4, does a split arch distinguished with the back leg up.
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Byanna Rodriguez helps Sadge Millian, both 9, make a scorpion pose.
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Jaquan Morgan, 14, does a duet with Destinee Castillo,13.
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Tamiko Maldonado the owner of TamiCo. Dancing, helps Melany Blanco, 13, with her moves.
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Babou Sanneh, 13, performs a balancing feat with Jaquan Morgan, 14.

The young people in these images bring the focus of a professional and the joy of youth to their art. After helping each other stretch and position themselves, they seek to push the laws of gravity to their limits.

On a recent afternoon, they learned new parts to “Say Something,” which they will perform at M.S. 244 on Saturday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m.

At the end of the their rehearsal, dance instructor Tamiko Maldonado faced her students with a calendar to show them how much time they had left before the big day. So many steps to master, and so little time! Learn more at

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