Thursday, July 11, 2013

Outdoor Dance

Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be dancing in the Dances at the Lakes Festival.  Now in its 12th year, the Christopher Watson Dance Company presents this concert each year which showcases both professional and student dance artists in a free outdoor community event.

I've danced in this show before.  The "stage" is the grassy area near the Lake Harriet Rose Garden between the two fountains.

Performing a piece outdoors is quite an experience.  With the audience on three sides and the sky as your ceiling, your most grand and dramatic movements can feel like a quiet conversation on a busy city sidewalk.  However, even with the distractions and disorientation, the value of the dances are not diminished.  What I enjoy most is that the concert combines art with nature and brings all levels and styles of dance into the community.  It's an event that you won't want to miss!  (Details below.)

"So It Goes"
Christopher Watson Dance Company

"The Kitchen Sink"
Anda Flamenco
photo by Anne Schley, Highwood Studios

"Shining Point"
Ray Terrill Dance Group
photo by Anne Schley, Highwood Studios
"The Guineé Faré"
Voice of Culture Drum and Dance

Kinetic Evolutions

Twelfth Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival
presented by the Christopher Watson Dance Company
Friday & Saturday, July 12 & 13
7:30 pm

 Join us for free dance concert held in the grassy area between the fountains at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks or a picnic dinner and settle in to experience a diverse evening of art in the outdoors.

Featured performers: 

Amy Slater—Madison, WI & Stacy Pottinger—Milwaukee, WI
Anda Flamenco, Minneapolis—Kristina de Sacramento, Artistic Director (Fri. only)
Carol Oyanagi, Minneapolis
Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis
Dennis Yelkin, St. Louis Park, MN
Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Minneapolis—Karis Sloss, Artistic Director (Sat. only)
Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis—Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director
Oyin Dance Collective, Minneapolis
Ray Terrill Dance Group, St. Paul
Ressl Dance!, Long Beach, CA—Doris Ressl, Artistic Director
Young Dance, Minneapolis—Gretchen Pick, Artistic Director (Sat. only)
Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville—Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director

This activity is made possible, in part, through sponsorship by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council. Additional funding was provided by generous individual donors to the Christopher Watson Dance Company.

The Rose Garden is located at Lyndale Park Gardens, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55409. Go to the following Mapquest URL to locate the Rose Garden:

For more information, go to:
Call; 612.670.0839 or email;

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