When you think "visual art," paintings and sculptures and the like are most often what spring to mind, leaving dance to hang out with theater in the performing-arts category. This point of view is not entirely incorrect, of course — dancers are indeed performers — but there is such a visual component to all dance concerts that it seems as if the art form should perhaps be awarded dual-category status, especially when events like Dance St. Louis' Spring to Dance Festival come along (www.springtodance.com). This energetic three-day extravaganza provides mucho eye candy through performances of ballet, modern, flamenco, jazz, tap and even more for just $10! Witness this beauty of movement as presented by companies from all over the Midwest — Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, St. Louis' Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), Indianapolis' Dance Kaleidoscope, BalletMet Columbus, Missouri Contemporary Ballet (pictured) and other regional companies large and small — Thursday through Saturday (May 22 through 24) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org). The fest kicks off at 5 p.m. each evening with some pre-show fun (including drumming, tango demos and an intimate dance showcase), and the big performance begins at 7 p.m. Whew! That's a lot of dance! And even though you have to enjoy it all at the Touhill since you can't take any of the dancers home with you (like you could a painting), this will definitely be an experience to add to your collection.
May 22-24, 2008