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DSAH Pantomime Troupe delivers impressive performance at Mexican Consulate

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May Information forum at Mexican Consulate with panelists (ltr)  Judithe Garrett, Alexandra Lima, and Erika Loredo  presentation of Down Syndrome Association of Houston  May 21 2014
May Information forum at Mexican Consulate with panelists (ltr) Judithe Garrett, Alexandra Lima, and Erika Loredo presentation of Down Syndrome Association of Houston May 21 2014
Marc Pembroke
DSAH Dance Troupe, staff and supporters at Mexican Consulate May 21 2014
photo by Marc Pembroke

On Wednesday May 21, guests were treated to a brilliant pantomime dance-acting performance to music by Michael Jackson. The occasion was the monthly information forum at the Mexican Consulate General of Houston was presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Houston with the theme “Rompiendo Barreras en Silencio” (Breaking Barriers in Silence). Erika Laredo, Consejera Electa del Instituto de los Mexicanos en Exterior, presided at the presentation, and opened with an explanation of Down's Syndrome and the abilities and limitatons of those who afflicted by the condition.

Julithe Garrett, artistic director of the DSAH Pantomime Troupe, who explained how the idea for the troupe began when he was working in Mexico City. Over the years, the troupe has achieved national renown, and performed at Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony, and numerous prestigeous venues including the White House. Ms. Alejandra Lima, Executive Director of the DSAH explained the program's goals and its work with families and sufferers of Down Syndrome to encourage achievements and communication through the art of Pamomme.

The panel then accepted questions from the audience, including Mr. Garrett's pedagogic style and overall strategy, ways to help those unfamiliar with DS to learn basic issues such as communication, and realization that DS sufferers understand communication as all others, but have motor control issues in responding. Ms. Lima is the mother of a DS child, and explained how important it is for parents to be loving and inclusive as with any other child.

The DSAH Pantomime troupe then performed several numbers to the rhythm of Michael Jackson's “In shock” and “Beat It” with professional, disciplined agility. Most were in their 20's and 30's and had been part of the troupe for over 10 years. Apart from offering a throughly entertaining performance, the DSAH Pantomime Troupe encourages all to realize the potential of DS sufferers to achieve with appropropriate instrusction. For more informaion, see the DSAH website at http://www.dsah.org/.