SANTA CRUZ DANCE WEEK- 2016
Thursday, April 21 – Friday, April 29
It’s an entire week of dance and the whole country celebrates. Santa Cruz Dance Week,well, we don’t want to brag … but it’s pretty spectacular.
Here’s what we’ve got going on:
Dancing in the Streets: Thursday, 4/21 5:30-9:00pm, Cooper St. and Pacific Ave
Three stages, three hours, and hundreds of dancers—take a perch on Pacific Ave., maybe grab a sandwich, find the perfect tree to lean against, and get ready to be amazed by Santa Cruz’s incredible dance talent. This year’s event draws performers from all over the country and if the photos don’t already captivate you—how do they get their leg so high?!—then seeing it in person will blow you away. We’ve got a David Bowie-inspired flash mob to wrap up the evening’s festivities, lead by Brynne Flidais and Moveintuit.
Open Classes: 4/23 – 4/29
The beauty of dance is that anyone and everyone can do it. Maybe you like to get jiggy at the club, shake it off after a long day at work, or just bob your head along to classics like Dirty Dancing. No matter what age or experience level, it’s never too late start dancing. And above all, it’s fun. That’s why local studios are offering over one hundred dance classes of all genres and levels to anyone who wants to take them, for just $10. Yes, really—$10!
Dance in Unlikely Places: 4/22 – 4/24
Dance can be everywhere, and this week it will be. Keep your eyes open and your dancing shoes ready for flash mobs taking to the streets, restaurants, cafes, bookshops and beyond. And if the groove has got you moving, join in—the finale event is an
all-inclusive flashmob on April 21. It’s the place for pedestrians to become dancers and strangers to become friends—Santa Cruz Dance Week has that effect on people. Trust us, we’re dancers.
What people are saying about Santa Cruz Dance Week
“During National Dance Week, we, the teachers, choreographers, and dancers, get to experience all together the attention of our community for our art form—the very thing that gives us life—we get to share with people who otherwise may never have seen what we do.”- Sara Wilbourne, Dancer, Choreographer and Arts Administrator
“National Dance Week brings an array of unique and incredible performances along with great, positive energy and experiences enjoyed by the community at large; children and adults, dancers and audiences, business owners and customers enjoy and benefit from the exciting events surrounding National Dance Week in our downtown. It is truly a special and cherished event that enlivens our downtown every year.”- Emily Bernard Coonerty, Downtown Business owner
Santa Cruz Dance Week is presented by Motion Pacific Dance
This Years event is Sponsored by:
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
The Barre Studio
Bookshop Santa Cruz
The 418 Project
Downtown Santa Cruz
Well Within Spa