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This Routine Proves Dance Can Be An International Language Used To Connect Us All

Be transported to the streets of Paris.

Dance is a universal language — and this new project from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is proof of that. With "Rue Montorgueil," the historic dance troupe pairs its own members with local performers on a Parisian street full of hustle and bustle to deliver an energetic and inspiring piece celebrating our differences, and also how we connect despite them.


"I wanted to illustrate that no matter what your gender, nationality, or age, we can communicate and share a common thread through dance — it's a universal language," Redha Medjellekh, a French choreographer and director who conceived the project, said in a press release.

This video — which debuted on Nowness — features Alvin Ailey members Solomon Dumas, Jacquelin Harris, Ashley Mayeux, Michael Francis McBride, Samuel Lee Roberts, and Constance Stamatiou. They were joined by krumper No Script, b-boy Reem Kat, rhythmic gymnast Natalie Fauquette, and "seasoned amateur" Claudette.

Medjellekh revealed details about how the big day, saying: "Recorded on Paris' Rue Montorgueil in a one-shot take, we sought to create a chain reaction from person to person on one of Paris' busiest and most well-known streets, so the viewer feels a part of the frenetic energy."

It just so happens that this video debuted yesterday, October 24, on what was United Nations Day, which celebrates the founding of the U.N. The theme for the festivities this year was "Potential in Diversity," so it's quite evident that "Rue Montorgueil" ties in nicely with that. Not only that, but it isn't the last collaboration we'll see between Alvin Ailey and Medjellekh.

So, the next time you think you're different from someone, why don't you try dancing with them?

Watch "Rue Montorgueil" in full here:

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