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Summer Dance Events & Performances

July 18, 2011 6:00 AM

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Jesus Munoz

(credit: Town of Addison Official Website)

Strut and glide your way into the season and enjoy Dallas / Fort Worth’s best summer dance events. From jazz and ballet to contemporary, dance can inspire and entrance even the least graceful among us. Check out our picks for the season’s best dance performances and your feet will be moving to the beat in no time.
butterflyeffect Summer Dance Events & Performances

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The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes
Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX
Free admission

A collaboration between Austin composer William H. Meadows and choreographer Kerry Kreiman with members of the Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth (CD/FW) company, “The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes” is one of the highlights of this year’s Modern Dance Festival. This collaborative work uses interactive technology to transform dancers’ movements and gestures into sound using Nintendo Wiimotes (transmitting data wirelessly across Bluetooth and then routed to Kyma DSP software).  Performed in the Grand Lobby with quadrophonic sound coming from four corners, the dance incorporates the majority of the lobby floor space, and viewers can stand and sit around the perimeter of the lobby.

Jesus Munoz

(credit: Town of Addison Official Website)

Taste Dance 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m.
Addison Conference Centre
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX
Free admission

Sometimes, dance is such a rich, interactive experience, you can practically taste it. Experience the beauty of dance – from flamenco to belly dancing and musical theater at Taste Dance: Addison Style. You can watch the amazing dances, join in or learn. Participating dancers and dance companies include Authentic Belly Dance Academy, Jacqueline Porter & Park Cities Dance (who will be presenting a Broadway musical showcase), Jesus Munoz (courtesy of the Dallas Flamenco Festival, Inc) and Scott and Su Su East Coast Swing.

Dallas DANCE Competition

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Dallas DANCE Dancer’s Annual National Competition Extravaganza
September 1 – 4
Regency Ballroom
Fairmont Dallas
1717 N Akard Street
Dallas, TX
(214) 720-2020

This could be the biggest dance party of the year with over 20 hours of dancing and thousand of dollars in prizes. The competition extravaganza will feature 18 contests, including cabaret and swing teams, and the country’s top competitors will be strutting their stuff on the 5,000-sq ft. dance floor. Non-pros will be glad to know that there will also be afternoon and late night dance sessions, so there’s plenty of time to practice and perfect your moves.

Cinematic Caricatures

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Cinematic Caricatures Lectures and Screening
Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX
Free admission

North Texas choreographer Shelley Cushman will present short films from her “Cinematic Caricatures” project, a collaborative intermedia work combining dance choreographed by Cushman, algorithmically-generated computer music composed by Phil Winsor, and videos/films by Ben Levin. Part of Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth’s Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, Cushman will also be on-hand to introduce the films, and participate in a Q&A with audience members.

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