#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 7: Dance

May 7, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture. Today is dedicated to the world of dance. From two-steppin’ to forty-steps, the ballroom to ballet, we love it all.  So put on your tap shoes and dance the day away with us!

Planned 2020 event: Urbanity Dance Open Rehearsal (Boston)

CHALLENGE INSPIRATION

Today is not the time to be a wallflower – we’re challenging you to learn a new dance step! Dancing isn’t just fun, it’s good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. According to Healthline and other resources, dancing challenges your brain and helps improve your mood.  Besides the dance events offered by ArtWeek partners below, YouTube is really your friend here. A quick search and you can find tutorials for any genre, age range, or ability: seniors can dance from their chairs, kids can bop along to favorites, choreography suited for wheelchairs, and more.

Anyone can dance and everyone should, so get moving, and show us what you’ve learned – tag us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay7

Planned 2020 event: UHM Properties Presents - Sole to Soul Social Dance (Boston)

5, 6, 7, 8! THESE OFFERINGS ARE GREAT!

We may have had to evacuate the dance floor, but there is plenty of movin’ and shakin’ going on. Check out what’s being offered by ArtWeek event hosts and partners across the Creative Commonwealth:

Forty-Steps Dance Performance History: Watch their performance history unfold on Facebook and their Instagram account (@FortyStepsDance). Every day they are posting a different dance (so plenty of choices to learn from)! #40stepsdance

Virtual Dance Classes with Dance The Yard:  Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Mondays from 2-3pm and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am. Attend one, some, or all sessions. This class welcomes adults, seniors, and everyone in between. The Yard’s Director of Island Programs and Education, Jesse Keller Jason, makes every(body) feel comfortable in this virtual dance class. The class begins with a guided warm-up that will align the body and introduce dance technique along with building strength, stability, and flexibility. After bodies are warm and energized, participants transition to upbeat movement sequences that keep us socially connected and moving as one. Class will end with a combination that leaves space for the dancers’ own creativity. This class can be done in the comfort of your own home on any surface, seated or standing.

Urbanity Dance Virtual Drop-Ins: Urbanity Dance is a nonprofit arts organization that exists to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and   communities through the art of dance and movement. Urbanity’s drop-in schedule continues this week on Instagram Live! Classes are free with a $10 suggested donation.

Need even more suggestions? ArtsBoston Calendar has you covered! Check out these suggestions they listed on Wednesday, April 29 to celebrate International Dance Day!

For even more fun, today and throughout #ArtWeekAtHome, check out our Facebook Events page. You’re sure to find something that suits your interests!

Planned 2020 event: Salem Dance Ensemble Concert (Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem University)
Planned 2020 event: Afrobeat Fit Bos (Boston)
Planned 2020 event: Creative Dance Workshop (Forty Steps Dance, Nahant)

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