TEDxObserver - Alvaro Restrepo - Stories and dance from Colombian barrios





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Published on Mar 30, 2012

Álvaro Restrepo
Dancer, choreographer, social entrepreneur

Colombian-born and raised, Álvaro trained as a dancer in New York and was soon dancing professionally across the globe. But instead of pursuing this career he decided to return to his home country to teach contemporary dance to children from disadvantaged areas of Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Colegio del Cuerpo doesn't just teach dance, but teaches students all aspects about their body. Through this world-class institution children from poverty-stricken backgrounds have realised that there is another way -- and that they can lead creative, fulfilled lives. Much of Colegio's dance work also reflects on Colombia's difficult history involving race, terrorism and exile.

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