Dancing is a famous aerobic one, but also very interesting, if you don't like demanding dance, disco, dance halls and even square also has a lot of popular dance. 15 minute dance can consume 100 calories, can even open your computer or sound, in the room from" dance" can also jump.
DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE SPEAKING Olrr Dancing together can help build a sense of community DANIELLE L. street to the next performance area. FRAENKEL As people learned the steps, GUEST we gave them streamers and ESSAYIST they, too, became dancing docents. The audience was huge, yet everyone was involved. What a sight to see people who were pushing rhythm, synchrony and strollers dancing, elders danc- Dancers movements build shared know that ing, people of all colors and group cohesion. shapes smiling as they walked, I saw this truth emerge in a skipped or danced from one major community event on Oct. performance site to the next. 14: Dances on the Avenue. Chil- ARTWalk's executive direc- dren, teens and adults repre- tor, Douglas Rice, who has been senting a spelKrumof colors and the sound man for many of the ethnic groups performed and biggest dance companies in the danced on University Avenue to states, said he had never seen celebrate ARTWalk's ground- such an attentive audience. As breaking. lively as people grew as they ARTWalk is an interactive danced from performance site to outdoor museum about to be performance site, they were licensed by the state of New completely silent while they York. It will collect and exhibit File photo watched the dancers - that's works of art from all disciplines, An audience member dances along University Avenue at the hundreds of people absorbed including the visual arts, and involved. music, dance, theater and Dances on the Avenue event Oct. 14. Essayist Danielle Dances on the Avenue pro- literature. Fraenkel describes how the event showed how dance can vided us with vital information. So far the city has widened unite a community. The audience member pictured above, It demonstrated that people of the sidewalks of ARTWalk's all ages can dance, that children was one of many celebrating the groundbreaking for and adults of all abilities can urban trail from 5 to 8 feet. We have already selected designs by ARTWalk, a pedestrian art trail along University. study dance and perform to- local artists to be imprinted in gether and that dance comes the sidewalks, commissioned from many countries and in and displayed eight benches de- select. As in the calls for imprint many forms. We learned that the signed by local artists and deco- rated two of the many lamp- " and bench designs, the focus was on the aesthetic value and environment can provide sources of inspiration for pro- posts on our interactive public on finding a balance between fessional dancers, that dance can walkway. We have a Culture The audience was the professional dancers and make political and social state- Builds Community Grant for the community representation. ments and that Monroe and sur- lampposts, so this is going to be huge,buteveryone In the end, the program in- rounding counties have choreo- an ongoing event for quite cluded eight juried perfor- graphers and companies that awhile. The selected imprints got involved. mances, two invited perfor- deserve serious attention. and benches represent a wide mances and interactive, audi- With all that has been going range of expertise from an im- ence participation dance events on since Sept. 11, we needed print by a 9-year-old to designs " led by dancing docents. We had this event. It showed how dance by well-known art figures in three performance sites. Two and music bring people together: western New York. were a block apart. At the end of How shared rhythms, synchro- As an ARTWalk board mem- dance groups and groups that the dances at each performance nous movement and creative ber, I was concerned about the compete nationally submitted site, the dancing docents expression foster group cohe- lack of attention to dance. One videos and statements about emerged from the audience, sion and build community. 0 result: an open call to the Roch- their visions for an outdoor streamers in hand, onto the per- ester community for dance per- performance. The jury, which formance area. Praenkel is a board member of formances at the groundbreak- included two dance/movement The docents did a short num- ARTWalk and director of ing. We had lots of interest. therapists, dancers, dance teach- ber that we had choreographed Kinections, a Rochester-based Individuals, working dance ers, local business people and together, got the audience to institute that provides dance companies, storefront dancing community residents, had a join in and we all, docents and movement therapy, counseling schools, senior groups, ethnic tough time deciding whom to audience, danced down the and professional training.
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