Do you find yourself grinning and “Woo Hooing” when someone says let’s go dancing? Have I got a night made for you! On Saturday July 16th Yellow Springs will be packed with opportunities to dance.
At 6:30p.m. and 8 p.m. The Show—a Springfield-Yellow Springs based rock trio will be performing original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk! This musical event accompanies a 6-9 p.m. art exhibit called Synesthesia , featuring concert posters by Ryan Henry & guests. Henry’s designs are influenced from the Art Noveau and Psychedelic poster genres. It takes place at the YSAC Gallery Space and in the beautiful Garden in the back at 309 Xenia Ave. It’s a free event!
For more information on The Show, go to www.myspace.com/theshowwillgrow
Dance Event #2
7-10pm Dance Piazza @ the Art Park—100 Corry Street is another free event! [yframe url=”]
DJ JuJu’s Dance Piazza is an outdoor international dance party. From 7-8 p.m. on July 16th, Jill Christie of the Dayton Ballroom Dance Club will be demonstrating Swing Dance and encouraging anyone who wants to dance, to try it out.
Then from 8-10pm DJ Juju will spin Latin dance and other world music including Afro-beat, Bhangra, Middle Eastern, club, old-school and R & B.
Judith “Juju” Wolert-Maldonado is a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and DJ living and working in between Yellow Springs, Ohio, New York City and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Judith says” When in the Buenos Aires province, I frequently attend a weekly outdoor festival, the “Feria de Mataderos.” Each Sunday, thousands of Argentines gather in the closed-off streets to dance the day and night away to the live, diverse sounds of Argentine folk music. If there is an empty ground space at this festival, it quickly fills up with dancers or musicians, just regular folks who enjoy the camaraderie and freedom of dancing and playing out in the open, because they can. During the Argentine dictatorship of the 1970s and early ’80s, violent curfews and censorships eliminated any sort of festival or public arts events. “
Dance Piazza is also taking place on the following dates with dance instructors featuring different kinds of dance for each event.
JULY 2 – Bhangra (Punjabi Folk Dance) with Karanvir Singh
AUGUST 6 – Mexican Folk Dance with Nuestro Orgullo youth dance troupe
AUGUST 20 – Flamenco Dance & Guitar with Mariya Tarakanova & Brent Del Bianco of Flamencotalk
SEPTEMBER 3 – West African Drum & Dance with BabaaRitah Clark
SEPTEMBER 17 – Appalachian Clogging & Old Time Music with Rick Good (formerly of Rhythm in Shoes) & Friends
The Dance Piazza will be cancelled in case of severe thunderstorms but will carry on under shelter in light rain! *
More info: (937) 430-2505 or [email protected]
Then there is Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars
9:00 p.m.- 11p.m. At the Antioch Amphitheater. Directions to The Amphitheater can be found by visiting www.yskp.org or calling 767-7800.
Ticket are $5.00
Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars will feature live music, lots of prizes, great dancing and a cash bar. After the performance of the Cotton Club (YS Kids Playhouse is performing the Cotton Club, an original Jazz Musical at the Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.) as the applause dies down, and the stars come out, the sets will be spirited away, a cash bar will magically appear (it’s all magic in the theater) and the band will begin to play. It’s time for Dancing under the Stars! (If you like to dress up wear a Jazz Era costume. there will be prizes for costumes too.)
So that’s the line up for Saturday evening on July 16th but I can’t resist telling you about one more opportunity to dance that is going on earlier in the day.
Saturday July 16th from 2:30-3:30 Janna Mueller will be teaching Intro to Belly Dancing . Her prices are great! For individual’s it’s only $15, for a Mother/daughter $25 for two, or if you bring a friend (two people sign up together) it’s $25 for two.
Janna is the director of the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dance troupe. If you have ever gone to the Yellow Springs Street Fair, you’ve seen them. Janna teaches belly dance to women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes. I’ve had friends take her workshops and they say it’s a lot of fun, there’s loads of laughing and letting loose. You get to learn the basic moves of belly dance, try on belly dance hip scarves and get dancing! To register contact Janet at: 532-3950 or E-Mail- [email protected] You can visit Janet’s web site at- Egyptianbreeze.com
All these dance events are part of the Yellow Springs Summer Experience-July 15-17. To find out about other fun events (and there are a lot of them!) going on during the Summer Experience go to: yellow-springs-experience.org