Celebrate National Day of Dance at Cain Park July 25

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a party and dancing? That is just what DANCECleveland is doing when it celebrates its 60th Anniversary season, beginning with its co-presentation of New York City-based Parsons Dance at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater, on July 25 at 8 p.m.

DANCECleveland—started by visionary Heights-area women in 1956, and first known as Cleveland Modern Dance Association—is one of the oldest dance-only presenters in the United States. This year, the organization returns to Cain Park after a 10-year hiatus.

Named "one of the great movers of modern dance" by The New York Times, Parsons Dance seemed like the perfect company for the occasion—a favorite in Northeast Ohio, and known throughout the world since 1985 as a family-friendly, uplifting dance company.

To celebrate the National Day of Dance, the performance will be supplemented by several events for dancers and non-dancers alike to take part in. Advanced dancers over 16 years of age can participate in a free dance master class at 11 a.m., with David Parsons himself, on the Evans Amphitheater stage. RSVP is required by e-mailing sarah@dancecleveland.org. Space is limited.

Dance lovers of all ages can arrive early at Cain Park to enjoy free beginner ballroom and popular line dance “classes” in the Colonnade, with music and more. Audience members over 21 can also take part in a wine tasting at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Cain Park. Wine tasting tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.cainpark.com or in person at the Cain Park ticket office.

Making the day even more of a celebration, dancers, from beginner to advanced, are encouraged to learn the National Day of Day of Dance's official 2015 routine and arrive early to perform together on stage alongside Parsons dancers. Started in 2010 by "So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, the National Day of Dance is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Those interested should learn the routine in advanced by watching it online at www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org or on DANCECleveland’s Facebook page. The updated choreography video features different versions so that dancers of all abilities can take part. On the day of the performance, arrive at 7 p.m. to perform with others on stage and be videotaped as a group. DANCECleveland will send the recording to the Dizzy Feet Foundation with the possibility of the tape being shown on "So You Think You Can Dance."

Tickets for the performance, $20 to $25, can be purchased online at www.cainpark.com, by phone at 216-371-3000, or in-person at the Cain Park ticket office. Discounts for groups of five or more are available by calling DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000.

Sarah Hricko

Sarah Hricko, a Cleveland Heights resident, is the marketing manager at DANCECleveland.

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