Come Together, a new show by Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS Artistic Director Andrew J. Nemr, combines emotive tap dance pieces, popular songs, and personal stories told by members of the company to explore challenges faced by young people today. Such challenges range from the desire to fit in and negative self-image issues, to finding positive ways to release emotion and understanding what life might look like beyond school walls.
Come Together uses the youth of the Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS company members and their poignant stories, told with humor and heart-felt discourse, to lay a foundation of understanding with the students. That foundation is the basis for an open discussion between the students and performers following each presentation.
The combined dance component and open dialogue promote ideas of self-confidence and inter-dependance which help combat both the culture of bullying and the continual victimization of those bullied.
Press: The New Milford Patch, Dance Teacher Magazine
Photo Credit: Ann Piccirillo