Last updateTue, 21 Feb 2017 4pm


Lively Foundation sponsors International Dance Festival

Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Leanne Rinelli will teach Salsa at this year’s International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley.

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley has scheduled its third season of dance workshops, master classes and performances Monday through Aug. 17 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The foundation launched the festival to offer the public opportunities to see professional dancers perform a variety of dance styles, participate in classes taught by professionals and gain better understanding and appreciation of dance. Intermediate- to advanced-level dancers can study technique and learn repertory with teaching artists and perform the works with the professionals in the Festival Concert.

This year’s workshops include Dunham Technique, taught by Leslie Arbogast; Salsa, taught by Leanne Rinelli; and Contemporary Technique and Choreography, taught by Leslie Friedman. Each of the artists will teach choreography to their workshop dancers, and the dancers can create choreography to add to the Festival Concert. The workshops are designed for ages mid-teens and up.

The festival’s Full Day of Dance, scheduled Aug. 16, will offer Pilates Mat, taught by Amity Johnson; Tap, taught by Audreyanne Delgado-Covarrubias; Dunham, taught by Arbogast; Salsa, taught by Rinelli; Line Dances, taught by Etta Walton; and Manipuri, taught by Dr. Sohini Ray. All classes are mixed levels and open to ages mid-teens and up. Participants may take as many classes as they like.

Two of the styles are new to the area. Manipuri is a classical dance form that originated in India and is rarely seen in the U.S. Anthropologist and dancer Katherine Dunham developed Dunham dance, which incorporates Afro-Haitian and Afro-Cuban styles.

The Salsa class will teach footwork and a circle dance, and no partner is required.

To register and for more information, call 969-4110 or visit livelyfoundation.org/wordpress.

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