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Acadiana Dance Month
Lafayette Consolidated Government declared March Acadiana Dance Month, and the inaugural celebration will integrate dance-related events throughout the region.
Acadiana Dance Month Ambassador Paige Barnett, who is also a company member of Basin Arts’ resident dance company Basin Dance Collective, said the month aims to increase awareness and advocacy for the art of dance within our community.
“With nearly 100 local dance schools, cultural groups, professional companies, student organizations, a university program and dance service providers, Acadiana is a region rich with people who have a love for dance,” said Barnett. “Dancers and dance groups lead busy lives and have packed schedules, so we don't always remember to check-in with what others are creating and producing.
“This month is so amazing because it reminds us to connect with other dancers in the community while finding new ways to get everyone, even non-dancers, involved! It's our own dance revolution!”
Acadiana Dance Month is the product of Basin Arts, Acadiana Center for the Arts and Upstage, Inc. The Calendar of Events will be on display at the AcA during March Artwalk this Saturday, but Barnett noted some main attractions: performances. Featured shows include Dance Heginbotham March 10 at AcA, Basin Dance Collective and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's PARADE March 16 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center and Lafayette Ballet Theater's Snow White March 24, also at the Heymann Performing Arts Center).
Activities include free dance classes, pop-up dance parties and more, which can be found on the Acadiana Dance Month facebook page and the @basindancecollective Instagram.
Acadiana Dance Month is also a celebration of personal challenges for dancers.
“One way to celebrate Acadiana Dance Month is to perform the “Dance Line Challenge” that can be found on our Facebook page,” Barnett said. “I personally am celebrating the month by completing the daily challenges that are posted to the Acadiana Dance Month Facebook page and the @basindancecollective Instagram.”
The challenge entails dancers explore different ways to experience dance as an art and form of expression, whether it’s through collaboration with artists of other media or setting goals for yourself, big or small.
“I complete the challenge with either a photo or a video and post it to social media with the hashtag, #acadianadancemonth. This is another way that I can share my own dance shenanigans every day as well as look at what others are posting!” Barnett said. “It's so fun to see how everyone is expressing their love of dance, and I'm learning about so many dancers, movers, and studios that I've never known before!”