Photos of student folkloric dance presentation conducted by National Folklore Ballet of Cuba, accompanied by Poem, "Between Water and Fire" by Joan Francisco Valdés Santos
The 2008 Garifuna Settlement Day, held in Dangriga, Belize, is highlighted with a focus on a presentation at the Zion Adventist School. Woods Valdés highlights how song, music, and dance is an important aspect of Garifuna culture, and shares her experiences at the school, where she tried traditional foods and watched performances of music and dances such as the punta and the jankunu.
A tribute is presented to dancer Matt Turney, who died on December 29, 2009, at the age of 84. Turney danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Valdés discusses Turney's performance in "Appalachian Spring," where Turney's height is impressive, and when she does dance center stage the other characters gaze at her with a sense of comfort and awe. Turney provided an emotional and spiritual delicacy and eloquence that added dimension, added range to what a Martha Graham dancer could be. In comparison to some of the more fiery and physically dynamic dancers, Turney's willowy lyricism was at times criticized by the press. Despite an artistic relationship fraught with tension and conflict, Turney considered Graham a genius and mentor. Turney seemed to be a graceful and generous soul but not without humor, self-determination and great passion.