Get involved with ACADIANA DANCE MONTH!
MARCH 1-31st, 2018
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Acadiana Center for the Arts, Basin Arts and Upstage Live join forces to present Acadiana Dance Month. Dance has been an integral part of human rituals, celebrations, artistic expression and entertainment since the beginning of time. In Louisiana, the fabric of dance is woven with many layers across cultures, styles, musical inspirations and regions. This month-long celebration aims to increase awareness and advocacy for the art of dance in our Acadiana Region. With nearly 100 local dance schools, cultural groups, professional companies, student organizations, a university program and dance service providers, Acadiana is a region rich with culture and people with a love for dance.
Throughout March, we want to engage as many dance people in our community as possible! Wouldn’t it be awesome to get to know more about the people who make up our local dance community. There is wealth of talent, experience and knowledge right in our backyard and we hope this month is an inspiring way to come together around a mutual passion.
This can include:
Dance Performance Venues
Musicians and Composers
this list could go on forever…all styles, all cultures, all ages, all levels, all communities are encouraged to join in the fun.
“We aim to increase visibility throughout the month of March with group gatherings, performances and social media campaigns with a goal of creating a stronger more connected dance community to enhance the cultural economy of Acadiana,” said Clare Cook, founder of Basin Arts — choreographer, teacher and collaborator.
A FEW EASY WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
-Follow basindancecollective on instagram to find daily dance challenges throughout the month of March!
-Follow Basin Arts on facebook also to find daily dance challenges throughout the month of March and more info about events!
-Post daily photos and videos of your dance life in Acadiana and use the hashtag #acadianadancemonth
-Let us know why you love dance and how you experience dance in Acadiana. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be featuring different dance groups all month long on our Basin Arts Blog!
-Create your own Acadiana Dance Month event and let us know so we can spread the word! Special classes, dance parties, artist chats, outreach activities, etc.
-It takes a village, so let us know your ideas about how to make ACADIANA DANCE MONTH a great success and we’ll do all that we can to help make it happen.
Some of the special dance events during the month of that we already know about in March include:
• 5:30 p.m. March 6th at City Hall – Mayor-President Joel Robideaux proclaims March 2018 as Acadiana Dance Month at Lafayette Parish City-Parish Council Meeting. Join us for the presentation!
• 5 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts – The ‘official’ Acadiana Dance Month Community Kickoff event takes place at the ACA. You’ll see pop-up performances from some of our local dance companies, learn more about the dance happenings around town, meet fellow dance community members, and find out more about how to engage in Acadiana Dance Month!
• 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts — the ACA presents Dance Heginbotham, a New York-based contemporary dance company at the Moncus Theater as part of the Dance Touring Initiative program. Founded in 2011, DH has quickly established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the contemporary dance scene, and is celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration.This evening of dance performance is an incredible opportunity to see world-class professional dance in our own backyard.
• 7 p.m. March 16 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center – Basin Dance Collective premieres PARADE presented by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. PARADE is a collaboration between the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Basin Dance Collective in partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette looking at the intersection of architecture, dance, and technology while drawing new dance inspiration from Satie’s original score from 1917. It’s been over 100 years since the original ballet, PARADE, premiered, and this new dance work looks at the space between the virtual and physical worlds that been drastically redefined by our interdependence on technology. Even our everyday human movement vocabulary has changed. We are simultaneously observing, performing and consuming information at a rapid pace. The dance questions “How does the existence of our “real self” function within the performance of our digital persona?”
• 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center – Lafayette Ballet Theatre presents Snow White, a unique retelling of the classic fairytale. Choreography is by Bruce Wells who has created over 50 ballets in his career. For the past seventeen years, Mr. Wells has been on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Wells’ first children’s ballet for PNBS was Snow White in 2001 which he is recreating for the first time for the Lafayette area. This production is designed for younger audiences, ages 12 and under. This ballet is the perfect way to introduce children to the joys of dance and a great family activity.
• 10am March 31st – Acadiana Dance Month Final Dance Party! More details to come soon!