National Dance Week

National Dance Week

April 22-29

All abilities welcome. FREE!


EUGfun is pleased to announce the inaugural National Dance Week. The goal of the week is to bring awareness to the value of dance as an important art form. We can use dance to foster inclusion and kindness in our community.


This vibrant celebration for dance lovers of all ages will include free workshops, pop-up performances and activities.


Calendar of Events

  1. Workshops/Activities - All Week
  2. Eugene Dance Celebration - April 27
  3. International Dance Gala - April 28

Contact the presenters listed below if you have questions about workshops and activities. Printable calendar of events.


Balinese Dance

Class

Monday, April 22 • 10-11:20 a.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 136 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

Come learn the basic of Balinese dance with Bonnie Simoa. We will focus on the basic body position, hand and eye movements and walking patterns. All levels welcome. 


Line Dancing for Beginners

Workshop

Monday, April 22 • 12:30-1 p.m.

Downtown Park Blocks

Presented by Twisted Tumbleweed

Come learn line dance basics with Twisted Tumbleweed dance instructors.


Salsa

Class

Monday, April 22 • 2-3:20 p.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 136 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

Florabelle Moses teaches the basic front-back, side and cumbia steps and weight shifts, then moving into partner work, outside turn and cross body. Salsa is a fun introductory class. All levels welcome.


Folk Dance with a Flair

Class

Monday, April 22 • 2:30-4 p.m.

Campbell Community Center

Presented by Eugene Rec

This is an open invitation to area seniors to try international folk dancing. Learn and enjoy dances from all around the world. No experience required.


Bhangra & Bollywood Indian Dance Night

Performance

Monday, April 22 • 6-7 p.m.

Sheldon Community Center

Presented by Eugene Rec

Join us for an evening of high energy Indian dancing and family fun!


Beginning Hip Hop

Class

Monday, April 22 • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The Dance Factory

Presented by The Dance Factory

An introductory class to the world of hip-hop; explore rhythm, isolations and hip-hop choreography.  


Nia for Every Body

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 9-10 a.m.

Friday, April 26 • 9-10 a.m.

Vet's Club, upstairs use back entrance

Presented by NiaEugene

Nia is a self-healing, pleasure-based movement class. We use a combination of Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts to craft a movement experience that supports your whole self (body/mind/emotions/spirit). Most people dance barefoot but you can wear shoes if that is uncomfortable. All levels of experience are welcome.


Feldenkrais

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 12-1:20 p.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 132 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

Explore somatic movement with Sarah Nemecek. Wear comfortable layers. Sarah will leads you into awareness exercises that allow you to slow down and tune into your body and all of its wisdom. Come melt away your tension and everyone is welcome.


Beginning Country Swing

Workshop

Tuesday, April 23 • 12:30-1 p.m.

Downtown Park Blocks

Presented by Twisted Tumbleweed

Come learn Country Swing basics with Daniel Watson of Twisted Tumbleweed.


Bachata

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 2-3:20 p.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 136 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Florabelle Moses teaches the basic steps and partner work. Simple turn patters will be taught in this fabulously fun dance style. All levels welcome.  


South African Gumboot Dance

Workshop

Tuesday, April 23 • 4-5:30 p.m.

Park Blocks

Presented by Gumboot and Pantsula

(Gumboot) rhythmic dance what was created in the mines of South Africa, using water boots to create sound. (pantsula) a township dance that was created in the street of South Africa. More info at michaelmoloi.com


Zumba Dance Fitness

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fitness 1440

Presented by Fitness 1440

Zumba is a fitness program inspired by various rhythms and dancing styles. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow dance moves that tone and sculpt the body.


Teen/Adult Hip Hop with Vanessa Fuller

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Xcape Dance Academy

Presented by Xcape Dance Academy

This class is beginning hip hop class for teens and adults! High energy, fun and positive hip hop dance class focusing on fundamentals, musicality, style, technique and choreography.


Rueda de Casino, Beginner Sampler

Class

Tuesday, April 23 • 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Eugene Flamenco Arts Studio

Presented by Azucar

Come check out Rueda de Casino (AKA Cuban Salsa). Move your body to the Afro-Cuban beats of Timba music. You will leave this class having learned some of foundational steps to this popular group dance. No Partner needed. Please wear clean, non-marking, comfortable shoes.  Class is taught by instructor Vito Garcia.


Bonnie and Sarah Duet

Performance

Wednesday, April 24 • 11:30 a.m.

Lane Community College, Outside Center Building

Presented by Lane Community College

Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek will premiere their duet commissioned by Bay Area dancer and choreographer Melecio Estrella.


Jazz

Class

Wednesday, April 24 • 12-1:20 p.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 136 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

Ari Zreliak, dancer and teacher of Zapp Dance teaches a fun upbeat beginning jazz class. Come get your groove on, learn Jazz dance basics and have some fun! All levels welcome. 


Line Dancing for Beginners

Workshop

Wednesday, April 24 • 12:30-1 p.m.

Kesey Square

Presented by Twisted Tumbleweed

Come learn line dance basics with Twisted Tumbleweed dance instructors.


Ballet Fantastique Showcase

Showcase & Open House

Wednesday, April 24 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Presented by Ballet Fantastique

The Ballet Fantastique Showcase & Open House will feature: excerpts from Ballet Fantastique repertoire, Academy of Ballet Fantastique demonstration, a mini-ballet lesson for children ages 4-7, as well as a raffle, food, drinks and more! Plus take one of our classes free during National Dance week. For a full listing of classes visit the following links: Young Dancer (ages 2-7), Pre-Professional Division (ages 6-22), Adult Open Division (ages 15+)


Pantsula

Workshop

Wednesday, April 24 • 7-8:30 p.m.

Denbaya Drum and Dance Studio

Presented by Denbaya Drum and Dance Studio

Pantsula is a syncopated, quick-stepping, low to the ground form of dance which evokes the urban street culture of South Africa. Pantsula was used as an expression of resistance during the political struggle then occurring against the Apartheid government and has evolved along with Kwaito music. This multilingual music is typical of the myriad of cultures in South Africa, and is a blend of seSotho, isisZulu, English, and Afrikaans. It is strong and sharp, like pantsula, and projects a streetwise, gangster image.


Beginning Contemporary

Class

Wednesday, April 24 • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The Dance Factory

Presented by the Dance Factory

Contemporary will explore the musicality of gesture infused movement combined with Jazz steps. Contemporary incorporates a variety of techniques that focus on weight transference, fall and recovery, movement on and off center and slow and fast movements. 


Illuminating Movement: Lighting for Dance

Class

Thursday, April 25 • 10-11:50 a.m.

Lane Community College, Ragozinno Hall Bldg 6

Presented by Lane Community College

James McConkey, lighting designer extraordinaire for theatre and dance at LCC will give a lecture demonstration for dance lighting.


Line Dancing for Beginners

Workshop

Thursday, April 25 • 12-1 p.m.

5th Street Market (upper balcony overlooking fountain)

Presented by Twisted Tumbleweed

Come learn line dance basics with Twisted Tumbleweed dance instructors.


Introduction to Flamenco

Class

Thursday, April 25 • 4-5 p.m.

Eugene Flamenco Arts Studio

Presented by Eugene Flamenco Arts Studio

Learn the basic positions and footwork patterns for this precise and passionate traditional dance form.


Tap Basics

Class 

Thursday, April 25 • 5:45-6:45 p.m.

flex Studios, 1005 Oak Alley

Presented by flex Studios

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. This Tap Basics class will lay the foundation of classic tap all while combining dynamic rhythm tap exercises. We offer a strong Tap program at flex Studios and are always looking for new hoofers to join. All ages welcome! 


Modern Improv Experience 

Class

Thursday, April 25 • 6:45-7:45 p.m.

flex Studios, 1005 Oak Alley

Presented by flex Studios

Modern Improv is designed for the adult dancer to enjoy and train in the beautiful dance genres of Modern, Contemporary and Ballet techniques. This class is designed to establish Modern technique foundations as well as accommodate the teen/adult dancer dedicated to self growth and introspection. Modern is a form of contemporary movement employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas. Come explore a new type of movement with us!


Improvisation for movers, actors and dancers

Class

Friday, April 26 • 12-3 p.m.

Lane Community College, Studio 136 Bldg 5

Presented by Lane Community College

In this session, Bonnie Simoa presents improvisation concepts and scores based on Viewpoints concepts to build ensemble thinking and intuitive creative choice making. Dancers and actors of all levels welcome.


Dance & Accessibility lead by Nicole Malinoff

Discussion

Friday, April 26 • 4-5 p.m.

Spectrum

Presented by Nicole Malinoff

A discussion on the significance of dance for people with disabilities, the benefits that full inclusion could have on mainstream dance communities and how full access has the potential to honor all bodies.


Dancing with Respect - Honoring Culture

Panel Discussion

Friday, April 26 • 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Spectrum

Co-presented by LCC & City of Eugene Cultural Services

Moderator: Colette Ramirez

Panel: Bonnie Simoa | Balinese Dance | Martita Santiago | Flamenco Dance, Darin Henry | Native American Fancy Dance, Mike Moloi | African Gumboot Dance and others 

Dance has been a significant part of human culture since time immemorial. While today it is often for entertainment purposes, its use can be traced back many thousands of years to ancient ceremonies and rituals.For as long as we have been moving, dancers have borrowed from other forms of movement. When too much inspiration is taken it can become cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation differs from cultural exchange in that cultural elements are copied from a culture and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context. When does borrowing from another culture’s traditions become problematic and how do we show respect for these dance traditions?


Line Dancing for Beginners

Workshop

Friday, April 26 5:30-6 p.m.

Downtown Park Blocks

Presented by Twisted Tumbleweed

Come learn line dance basics with Twisted Tumbleweed dance instructors.


Open House Dance Extravaganza

Open House

Friday, April 26 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Eugene Ballet Academy

Presented by Eugene Ballet Academy

Movement activities for all ages designed to extend no longer than 10 minutes, so dancers can come and go during that hour. In addition there will be craft and coloring stations, treats and information about summer and regular season offerings.


Zumba

Class

Saturday, April 27 • 8:45-9:45 a.m.

River Road Annex

Presented by River Road Parks & Recreation District

Zumba is for everyone! Latin inspired routines are easy to follow and downright addictive. Come check out this free class.


Zumba Gold

Class

Saturday, April 27 • 9-10 a.m.

Emerald Park Community Center

Presented by River Road Parks & Recreation District

Zumba Gold is for all fitness levels and is for everyone! Latin inspired routines are easy to follow. Zumba Gold is unique as two instructors lead the class demonstrating basic moves and Zumba Gold modifications.


Double Funk

Workshop

Saturday April 27 • 10-11 a.m.

Formation Self-Care Studio

Presented by Let's Move Fitness Studio

Double Funk" an aerobic dance class taught by Denise Thomas, owner of Let's Moves Fitness Studio. This funky, jazz dance class make you want to move your body and work up a sweat! Included in the class: core, upper body and lower body conditioning as well as yoga stretching. Come join a energetic movement class that will make you not want to stop dancing...funk, hip, jazz and blues tunes are used for you to get your groove on...Come and Let's Move!


Movement Lab

Workshop

Sunday, April 28 • 3-5 p.m.

Center for Art Research, University of Oregon

Presented by Eugene Contemporary Art & hosted by the Center for Art Research (CFAR) at the University of Oregon.

The Movement Lab explores the generative capacities of sense perception, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics. Movement is thought of in broad terms as gestures of cognition and communication. Together we are looking to understand something about touch, kinesthetic perception, and social choreography, with each other and our lived experiences as resources. How can we move differently by paying attention to our senses? The workshop will be facilitated by video and performance artist Agnese Cebere. Two hours long, it consists of task-based exercises inspired by a range of somatic practices, and discussion among the participants. No experience is necessary and anyone can participate. Please note: This event will be recorded for future use by the artist. The Movement Lab was developed by Agnese Cebere and dance artist and scholar Sasha Portyannikova in conjunction with the Media Studies course Urban Tactics and Performance taught by Nitin Sawhney at The New School in Spring 2018.


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Special thanks to DanceAbility International for providing inclusion services and training during dance week.


History of National Dance Week: National Dance Week was formed in 1981 when a group of dance-related organizations began a strong grassroots movement to bring greater recognition to dance in the United States. National Dance Week celebrations occur throughout the nation.

Contact Us

Production Coordinators

Chelsea Louie

Chanin Santiago

Tara Burke