"The diverse line-up featured 13 creatively crafted submissions ranging between music, poetry, dance, and film. The event offered both in-person tickets, which sold out ahead of time, and a virtual screening option. René Nesbit, founder of Can I Color Now Studios and director of Cherish Dance, hosted the event with elegance and inspiration, inviting audience members to find their own ways to celebrate this holiday.
In addition to their piece of repertoire, “River,” Cherish Dance also premiered a new work at the event. “Joyful” was a festive, energetic work filled with powerful, lyrically driven crescendos. Grimacing, a tight gripping of the chest, and weighted floorwork gave the impression of an internal struggle to rediscover joy in one’s life. Towards the end of the work, the contemporary choreography was briefly infused with a few tap elements, as Nesbit scuffed one foot through and crossed the other foot behind to tap the top of her toes with playful, loose ankles."