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ROSLINTRAIL

ABOUT ROSLINTRAIL

The Roslintrail Committee was developed to highlight the pathways and gateways to the Square. Committee goals include promoting active transportation and implementing improved wayfinding projects. Some of the Roslintrail Committee’s recent projects include a community bike ride with RozzieBikes and a community walk with WalkUp Roslindale.

If you're interested in getting involved, contact manager@roslindale.net for more information! 

ROSLINTRAIL SIDEWALK MURAL PROJECT
"DANCE YOUR WAY INTO DOWNTOWN"

 

Roslindale Village Main Streets partnered with local illustrator and muralist, Kit Collins, to design and paint a trail of eight colorful dance diagrams at different sidewalk sites around the neighborhood. Each dance was expertly choreographed by local dancers, and each comes from a different dance style or heritage. Visit all eight sites to follow the painted steps and get groovy on the sidewalk – and read on to learn more about the dances and the choreographers behind them!

📍 Washington St & Durnell Avenue – Tarantella

 

Song pairing: Tarantella Neapoletana


Choreographer: Olga Marchenko 


The story of this dance move: “The Tarantella is an Italian folk dance. Italy has a great culture of songs and dance that has been portrayed in many performances. Any tarantella melody has such infectious rhythm that makes one want to dance and clap along. That’s why I love it so much. This dance is usually done with a tambourine to accompany the melody and the tambourine a lot of times has ribbons attached to it to signify Italian colors of green, red and white.”


Description of the dance:
Start on two feet at #1, spring from your feet by putting right foot out to #2, then jump to 2 feet on #2. Continue the same way by alternating your feet until you reach #4.
Move 2: Turn around yourself.
Move 3. Place your feet on green circles. Lean to left leg into a lunge and clap once, then 3 times. Lean to right leg into a lunge and clap once, then 3 times.


📍 Belgrade & Walworth – Swan Lake
 

Song pairing: Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act II: No. 10, Scène. Moderato


Choreographer: Olga Marchenko 


The story of this dance move: “[Inspired by] a classical ballet "Swan Lake", steps are choreographed to imitate swan wing motions. This is a classic ballet that has been renown for many years across the world and I wanted to pay homage to it. The ballet has been choreographed by Russian and French choreographers and Pyotr Tchaikovsky has famously created a music for it. The idea of moving like a bird and in this case a swan has long been captivating choreographers minds. This ballet shows it brilliantly.”


Description of the dance:
Move 1: Start on tiptoes and move by following the line. Move your arms like a bird by “flying” up and down. At the end of the line strike a swan pose with one arm raised over the head and the other in front of your body.

Move 2: Move back on tiptoes (don’t forget to move your arms like a swan again) and the end strike another pose: by balancing on one foot, raise the second leg into “arabesque” (a fly-like pose) with one arm open to the side and up.


📍 Cummins Highway & Florence St – Krump
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Statix Legacy 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!


📍Poplar & Canterbury – Pin Drop
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Statix Legacy 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!


📍150 Florence St – Top Rock
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Statix Legacy 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!


📍4130 Washington St – Jarabe Tapatio
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Raquel Jacobson-Peregrino 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!


📍40 Birch St – Toro Mambo
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Raquel Jacobson-Peregrino 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!


📍 23 South Conway St – Salsa
 

Song pairing: Stay tuned!
 

Choreographer: Raquel Jacobson-Peregrino 
 

The story of this dance move: Stay tuned!
 

Description of the dance: Stay tuned!

 

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHERS: 

 

Olga Marchenko is a member of the dance faculty at Boston University. Read more about Olga’s dance training and career via her Boston University profile here! Olga Marchenko came to this project via her affiliation with Ballet Rox. BalletRox provides equitable dance education to Boston youth facing the most systemic inequities. We have two programs: our after-school program (BalletRox Dance! Or BRD) and our external partners programs. BRD provides sequential mastery of techniques for ages 4 -19 in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, and Creative Movement located in Jamaica Plain. Our external partners program works with in school and afterschool programs to provide dance programming where students are and at rates they can afford while we work on external fundraising to support our programmatic costs. These programs work together to think of the overall physical/social/emotional wellness of our students.

Statix Legacy is a choreographer and teacher with the Tony Williams Dance Center. He specializes in hip hop and street dance.

Raquel Jacobson-Peregrino is a dancer and instructor with Tierra del Sol in Jamaica Plain.“Tierra del Sol is a community-based ballet folklorico whose aim is to preserve, present and promote Mexican cultural heritage through traditional dance and music. We hope to share the rich beauty and diversity of the dances, history, and costumes of Mexico with the communities of Greater Boston.” –Tierra del Sol’s website

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kit Collins is an illustrator and muralist based in Medford, MA. View more of her work online at kitschcollins.com or on Instagram @kitschcollins.