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I STOOD IN THE DARK APPLAUDING UNTIL THE CRYSTAL FELL FROM MY WATCH, MY THROAT TOO FULL TO CHEER, DROPS OF MASCARA DOUBTLESS STAINING MY SHIRT FRONT. BEHIND ME AN ELDER WOMAN PRONOUNCED,

NOW THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL DANCING.

WE HAD JUST WITNESSED A MIRACULOUS, MOVING PERFORMANCE OF PAS, CHOREOGRAPHED BY ALONZO KING FOR HOMER AVILA AND ANDREA FLORES, GUEST DANCERS WITH AXIS DANCE COMPANY'S FALL SEASON 2002.

This was not Avila's return to the stage; he had assembled dancers and prepared a successful performance at the John F. Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage the previous spring. And he rushed to perform work by Victoria Marks in Santa Barbara, California, before returning to Massachusetts to rest and begin work on another new dance. His life, he says, since the amputation of his right leg and hip in April 2001, consists of reaffirming himself as an artist and of reinventing himself as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

Recognizing that it is true that we move more with our hearts and minds than with our arms and legs, we knew Homer's odyssey as our own. After completing DANCE MAGAZINE's 75th Anniversary year, we chose to sift through and reaffirm those values that best characterize DANCE:

ARTISTRY

SENSITIVITY

INTEGRITY

COMMUNITY

STRENGTH

ALLURE

INSPIRATION

PASSION

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Title Annotation:Homer Avila embodies meaning of dance
Author:Patrick, K.C.
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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