The idea of dancing in the street is such a lovely one — we totally appreciate the fact that someone somewhere might feel so uninhibited, so jubilant, so confident that he or she can't resist the urge to break it down, no matter who's watching. Of course, spontaneous dancing in the street, or the rain, or wherever, is mostly the stuff of legend, like Big Foots (or Feet?), but at least at the Dancing in the Street festival, people (and their feet) ought to feel more free. During the daylong party, dance abounds throughout Grand Center from 1 to 9 p.m. Four stages feature all styles of movement from groups such as the Missouri River Cloggers, the Modern American Dance Company, the Hawaiian-Polynesian Revue, Dances of India, headliners Buckets and Tap Shoes, and AMEBA Acrobatic & Aerial Dance, and many, many others, plus there are opportunities to get involved with the fun. Not only can you let your hips sway and your hands clap along in time with the music, but at 5:30 p.m., you can be a part of something much larger: the "Grand Dance." Choreographed to a remix of "Dancing in the Street" and taught by the Center of Creative Arts' Anthony "Redd" Williams via YouTube (visit www.cocastl.org for a link), the dance will be performed by everyone who has taken the time to learn it. You're not going to want to be left out. Spend some time, commit the choreography to memory, and be sure to head to North Grand and Washington boulevards when the time is right for your chance to dance free and happy. To learn more about the festival, the performers and the other goings-on in Grand Center the day of the fest, visit www.grandcenter.org. Admission to Dancing in the Street is free.
Sat., Sept. 25, 2010