Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.
When is the last time you danced? Was it a show at the Tower? Barefoot in the grass at an outdoor concert or maybe a spontaneous kitchen jig? Dancing can be a wonderful release, a time of celebration or just a natural reaction to a great song.
The passion for dance is strong in the high desert, and not only with ardent kitchen dancers. On March 8 performers from over 17 different Central Oregon dance companies will take to the stage at Summit High School in a celebration of community, collaboration and of course, dance.
The annual Central Oregon Dance Showcase brings together Irish, belly and jazz dance; modern, tap, Hawaiian and aerial dance and of course the more traditional ballet and ballroom dancing.
Sponsored by Terpsichorean Dance Studio for the 12th year, the Showcase highlights the passion of founder Carolyn Brant. “It’s about the love of dance,” she says. Brant has cultivated generations of dancers in Central Oregon based around the studio’s philosophy that the creative, constructive and disciplined art of movement will help dancers of all ages grow as people.
Still can’t imagine getting on stage? There are plenty of non-competitive, fun dance classes and events around the area for all interests. Learn to Salsa at Broken Top Club on Tuesdays or join in the Contra Dance phenomena at the Boys and Girls Club each month.
Bend Parks and Rec. offers Nia and Zumba classes, and if you want to dust off your cowboy boots, try line dancing. If these still won’t do, there is always the kitchen!