Last updateWed, 20 Sep 2017 9am


Dance festival set for August in Mtn. View

The Mountain View-based Lively Foundation has scheduled its second International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley Aug. 19-25 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The festival, a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation, includes workshops and performances that showcase dancers, choreographers and teachers in an effort to broaden residents’ exposure to dance and expand interest in and understanding and enjoyment of dance.

Workshops for intermediate to advanced dancers are slated Aug. 19-23, with classes in contemporary technique, composition and improvisation, and repertory taught by Leslie Friedman, the festival’s artistic director.

Full Day of Dance, set for 9 a.m. Aug. 24, is open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Classes include Pilates Mat, taught by Amity Johnson; Contemporary, taught by Friedman; Tap, taught by Audreyanne Delgado-Covarrubias; Polish Folk Dance, taught by Christina Smolen of Lowiczanie Dance Co.; and an AXIS Dance Company workshop, taught by AXIS dancers.

The event culminates in a performance scheduled 3 p.m. Aug. 25.

Friedman is a dancer/choreographer who has performed on four continents.

“Response from the community has been extraordinary,” said Friedman of the International Dance Festival. “Last year we received support from Mountain View businesses and volunteer help from residents.”

Freidman added that dancers at the inaugural festival came from New York, Massachusetts and six Northern California cities.

“The community has embraced our startup,” she said. “They recognize the excitement that will be generated by having an active group of artists right here, presenting the highest quality in dance performance and training.”

For a schedule of classes, venues and costs, visit livelyfoundation.org. For more information, call 969-4110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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