Sat 7/25-Sat 8/8
Despite the pandemic, northeast Ohio dance presenter DANCECleveland, is forging ahead with its weeklong Community Dance Festival, kicking off with its annual Community Dance Day on July 25. But there won’t be little girls in leotards lining up at a barre on East 14th Street this year, or performers doing hip-hop routines on an outdoor stage. This year, the entire event is virtual.
The 2020 Virtual Summer Dance Festival features ten classes for all skills levels and ages in hip hop, ballroom salsa, African dance, jazz and more; four dance performances by world-class ensembles; and discussions with the companies’ artistic directors. Performing companies include Company Wang Ramirez’s “Monchichi,” Lucky Plush Production’s “Punk Yankee,” Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s “Indestructible” and “Altar-ing” and “Birth of a Phoenix” by Vertigo Dance Company (pictured).
“For our 2020 Virtual Dance Festival, we will present more dance companies, have audience participation from around the world, and give everyone the opportunity to take a dance class in the privacy of their own homes,” says DANCECleveland executive director Pam Young.
The Community Dance Day will also feature a compilation video of community members who learned some simple choreography on DANCECleveland’s YouTube channel and submitted a video of themselves performing it.
Registration is required; you can sign up for an online pass at DANCECleveland.org/events. The pass is “pay what you can” for this more than $40 value. Once registered, you’ll get an exclusive link that will be activated on July 25 and remain active through August 8. Participants will be able to take in all events when it’s convenient for them during that time.