Choreography competition winners named ahead of dance festival

The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley recently named the winners of its Choreography Competition, who will perform their premiere works at the Festival Concert, scheduled 3 p.m. May 19 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The Choreography Competition is open to artists whose work features movement or any kind of dance.

This year’s awardees and performances include Sierra Don, contemporary dance based on Irish legends; Jyothi Lakkaraju, Kuchipudi, classical Indian dance; Alyssa Mitchel, contemporary dance on personal relationships; Peri Trono, contemporary dance on interspecies relationships; and Ryeon Wha Yeo, traditional Korean dance in new choreo- graphy.

“There are no specific categories in the competition,” said Leslie Friedman, the festival’s artistic director. “The selection committee looks for excellence in choreography, originality and technical accomplishments.”

Full Day of Dance

As part of the festival, the Full Day of Dance is slated May 18. Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias will lead a master class in tap dance and Etta Walton will lead the audience in “Etta’s Electric Line Dances.” The Full Day of Dance also will feature ballet, Pilates mat and ballroom dance (waltz and cha-cha). The first class is set for 10 a.m.; the last class ends at 4:45 p.m.

The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley aims to bring the best in dance to the area. The festival will offer opportunities for professional or highly trained dancers to perform and study with master artists and for those studying dance to learn from new teachers and experience new dance styles, as well a time for dance lovers or those curious about dance to watch skilled dancers in an accessible, informal setting.

“Dance offers beauty, inspiration and fun,” said Friedman, adding that the festival “exists to bring dance into everyone’s lives.”

The festival is a production of nonprofit The Lively Foundation.

Tickets to the Festival Concert are $20 general admission; $12 for those over 65 or younger than 10. Discounts for groups are available. A dinner after the concert costs an additional $20.

For tickets and more information, call 969-4110 or visit and select “Dance Festival.”

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