BY CYNTHIA CADWELL PEGADO
July 1, 13, 27 10am-11am
Artpark Percussion Garden
Sound Dance seeks to facilitate expressivity, while creating an environment of wellness, self-care and respect. Through creative dance and sound-making, participants benefit physically, creatively, socially and emotionally while exploring personal expression and mutual collaboration.
Led by Cynthia Pegado, an experienced teaching artist and movement expert, Sound Dance is built on a foundation of accessible movement strategies. Classes are suitable for all ages, and movement abilities, including people with Parkinson's disease and mobility challenges, people using wheelchairs, ambulatory people and anyone who would like to explore interpretive dance movement and rhythm.
From an array of large sweeping gestures to small, precise movements, each person will find movement appropriate to their body's abilities as we move together to create dance and sound in the Artpark Percussion Garden.
Cynthia Cadwell Pegado weaves her passion for immersive performance into the creative process of site-specific work for people of all abilities.
Ms. Pegado is a NYS Council on the Arts Community Arts awardee (2017, 2018, 2019), for “Art Moves Me”, her interpretive dance program based on visual art, designed for the Burchfield Penney Art Center, which draws people with neurological movement disorder into artistic, expressive dance within the galleries. Her teaching encourages multi-sensory perception and response, and igniting cognitive and physical challenge in incremental layers that allow personal successes. She has choreographed performance works for students in Parkinson's specific classes as well as public programs which include Global WaterDances (a worldwide network of choreographer's advocating for water quality).
NYS Council on the Arts awarded her the Individual Artist award for her program “Sound Dance” at Artpark (2019), which invites people of all movement abilities into guided and improvisational dance, while using movement to create a communal soundscape with gongs, percussion instruments and our voices. Her work is recognized as a “cultural asset to the Buffalo community” as a Give for Greatness awardee since 2015.
After dancing principal roles with Ken-Ton Youth Ballet, she enjoyed an international performance career in classical ballet. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, in Dance Performance from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.