A digital dance competition that extends from Argentina to the world

Dancers Facundo Luque and Manuela Lafaye in Buenos Aires, in a photo dated August 24, 2020. Photo: Horacio Surya – Reuters.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – With theaters around the world closed, three South American dancers have created a digital competition for eagernesses to dance and have chosen Instagram as the new stage for the stage, where competitors from Argentina and Brazil to Israel and Italy send clips of their movements.

The competition, which is open to all, attracted hundreds of applicants, some of them professionals and some of them young men dancing in their homes during periods of general isolation. A jury of famous experts rate each dance and viewers can also vote with the like option.

“We were astonished by the participants’ desire for people to see them and express themselves and dance and what is happening to them now, “said the Argentine Facundo Loki, who organized the competition with other dancers.

“When we started the project, we thought that anyone could participate,” added Lucky, 23, a member of the ballet troupe at the Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires.

During the competition that ends on Sunday, dancers compete to raise awareness of the Coronavirus pandemic or to honor an artist. In one of the videos, a mother wears a doctors’ coat and a muzzle while she looks after her daughter while she dances.

Bath Steinhofer, 11, who studies classical dance and took part in the competition from Buenos Aires, said her participation was an expression of appreciation for Russian photographer Yulia Artemieva, who does the work of ballet dancers with flowers.

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“I would like to win but the goal is really to have fun. It feels great when people click on the ‘like’ option and when people see me. It’s like a stage. ”

“I think the dance is now going through a big crisis,” said Manuela Lavaye, 24, who is also one of the organizers of the competition and dances in a group in the United States, but is in isolation in her hometown of Buenos Aires.

“It’s complicated because a lot of teams don’t have the money to get through the situation,” she added. I think the world of dance will change a lot and we still don’t know how, but it is a matter of waiting and continuing to be creative in the process. ”

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