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Dance Festival@Silicon Valley set Aug. 8, 9 as online, free event

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Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Indian dancer Shambhavi Dandekar is among the artists scheduled to perform at this year’s virtual edition of Dance Festival@Silicon Valley.

The ninth International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled Aug. 8 and 9. Usually held in Mountain View, this year’s classes and performances will be offered online at no charge.

“We cannot have classes in person. We cannot perform in a theater,” said Leslie Friedman, founder and artistic director of the festival and its Full Day of Dance event. “After giving dance classes online for two months, it seemed to me that we must present ‘Full Days of Dance’ online.”

Full Days of Dance offers classes in a variety of dance and movement styles, with Annie Wilson teaching jazz, Megan Ivey Rohrbacher teaching physical comedy and Shambhavi Dandekar teaching kathak. The classes run consecutively with breaks in between. This season will feature seven classes. Four are scheduled Aug. 8: jazz, 10 a.m.; kathak, 11:30 a.m.; tap, 1:30 p.m.; and line dances, 2:30 p.m. Three are set for Aug. 9: Pilates mat, 1 p.m.; physical comedy, 2:30 p.m.; and ballroom, 4 p.m.

Each Zoom class is 60 minutes, with another 10 minutes in which to watch a professional performance and perhaps talk with the performer. Each of the artists teaching will perform at the end class.

“The great thing about doing classes online is that anyone can do it from anywhere,” Friedman said. “You can be at home in Los Altos or Berkeley, New York or Chicago. I have East Coast and Midwest friends who plan to take the classes. No one has a lot of space, but there is so much we can do at home, even in a small room. It also relieves any self-consciousness. You are at home, on your own.”

Advance registration is required. If someone wants to watch an artist perform but does not plan to take the class, they must still register for the class.

To register, visit livelyfoundation.org/wordpress/?p=3418.

For more information on the participating artists and classes, email livelyfoundation@
sbcglobal.net or visit livelyfoundation.org/wordpress/?p=3396.

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