Sarah LaRose

Jan. 21, 2006 Kinetic Playground dance series

Kinetic Playground Master Class
Kinetic Playground Master Class

Photo by Dave Trayers.
Photo from Jan. 21st Kinetic Playground master class taught by Erin Thompson.

Jan. 21, 2006 Kinetic Playground dance series | Media List


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Kinetic Playground moves to Perpich Center

Last year, the Kinetic Playground dance series brought young dancers to the Mounds Theater in St. Paul for joint performances in a non-competitive environment that supports youth artistic development. This year, the Kinetic Playground moves to the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley and will offer master classes as well as performance opportunities. The upcoming Kinetic Playground happens January 21, 2006, and there will be a second Playground scheduled for spring or early summer.

Presenter and Curator, Sarah LaRose, invites youth dance groups from public and private K-12 schools as well as community dance studios to participate in the Kinetic Playground series. LaRose adds, "The Kinetic Playground is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what youth within the state of Minnesota are focusing on in their dance experiences. One of the goals of the series is to help young artists develop a sense of support for other youth within the discipline of dance." Dancers from the Perpich Center Arts High School, Riverbend Dance Arts (Hastings, MN) West Metro Dance and Theater Arts (Maple Plain, MN), and Ramona Jacobs' Fergus Falls Studio of Dance will participate in the January 21 Kinetic Playground.

Student participation fee is $35 and includes lunch, master classes and an afternoon performance at 1:30 PM. Admission to the afternoon performance is free for parents, teachers and community members. This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. For more information about the Kinetic Playground, contact Sarah LaRose: sarahlarose@hotmail.com

Reviews

The Jan. 21st Kinetic Playground at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley was a wonderful success!

50 youth dancers from across Minnesota came together for master classes and a public dance performance. The youth performing groups participating included:

- Riverbend Dance Arts (Hastings, MN) Directed by Sarah LaRose-Holland

- West Metro Dance & Theatre Arts (Maple Plain, MN) Directed by Jen Kapel

- Fergus Falls School of Dance (Fergus Falls, MN) Directed by Ramona Jacobs

- Perpich Center for Arts Education (Golden Valley, MN) Dance Faculty: Tom Kanthak and Mary Harding

Two Master Classes in modern dance technique were offered in the morning. These classes were taught by Mary Harding and Erin Thompson and were accompanied by Tom Kanthak. These classes were very well received by the participants. Students made comments like, "The styles of movement were different from the first to second class and it was a great contrast!" "Class was AMAZING." "They really stretched me as a dancer." "Seeing the large group dance together was really neat."

Later in the afternoon, a free public performance was held in Perpich's black box theater. There was great diversity in styles of dance presented throughout this performance. There were many wonderful performances by youth throughout the show. Particpants commented, "I was surprised by the number of people here." "I liked the layed back feeling of the performance." "I was surprised by everyone's enthusiasm and dance work." "I was surprised when everyone clapped wildly."

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