National Dance Week

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National Dance Week

April 22-29, 2019

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.


Zumba Dance Fitness

Class

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.


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!


Nia for Every Body

Class

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.


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.


Brought to you by the City of Eugene with support from these local businesses. Thank you to our sponsors for making Eugene a great place to live, work and play!

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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