I can say with confidence that the messages of positivity and strength are reflected in all of the dance teams that parade during Carnival. While each group has its own style, rules, and philosophies, ultimately they seek to elevate the experience of parades, for ourselves and, more so, the crowds.
My own team started off as a small flash mob organized by my friend Molly Reid about seven years ago, when we were approaching our mid-20s. Now, we are the 41-member, official dance team of Krewe de Lune, a social and philanthropic group made up of more than 100 creative young professionals with a Bohemian bent, and a fondness for outer space and the limitless possibilities it represents.
Dzurik’s squad exudes an “edgy rock ‘n’ roll sort of vibe,” she says. The Cherry Bombs are recognizable by their signature red tutus, white tank tops, and energetic, spunky moves, performed exclusively to a soundtrack of all-female singers and performers (they made an exception for the time they appeared in a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video). They favor music by The Donnas, Missy Elliott, Joan Jett, and Sleigh Bells. Despite their seemingly effortless, cool-girl edge, Dzurik says that the Cherry Bombs’ CEO, Aniko Greger Reddy, makes a huge effort when it comes to their playlist, analyzing the lyrics, melodies, and beats before confirming that each track is ultimately positive and empowering -- never sad or angry.