I think dance is one of the harder arts to find free, family friendly performances for, so I am parcticularly excited about the Dances at the Lakes Festival. It is a series of free concerts of dance and live and recorded music at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks or a picnic dinner and settle in to experience a diverse evening of art in the outdoors.
The 11th annual Dances at the Lakes Festival presented by the Christopher Watson Dance Company will showcase dance works created and performed by professional artists and young dancers from a variety of Minnesota communities, including:
- Alanna Morris—Choreographer
- Anda Flamenco— Kristina de Sacramento, Artistic Director
- Ballareteatro Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis—Ann Williams, Director
- Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis—Christopher Watson, Artistic Director
- Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Minneapolis—Karis Sloss Artistic Director
- Unspeakable Dance, Minneapolis —Non Edwards, Artistic Director
- West African Drum and Dance, Minneapolis—Kenna Cottman, Artistic Director
- Kayla Schiltgen, Minneapolis—Choreographer
- Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis—Sarah LaRose-Holland Artistic Director
- Prairie School of Dance, Eden Prairie— Sarah Linner Quie, Executive Director
- Ray Terrill Dance Group, St. Paul—Ray Terrill, Artistic Director
- Young Dance, Minneapolis—Gretchen Pick, Artistic Director
- Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville—Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director
Family Dance Time At Home
Change4Life is a British website that encourages families to make healthy changes in their lifestyles together. They encourage dance because:
The brilliant thing about dancing is that it’s free, you don’t need any special stuff, and you don’t even need to leave the house. So it’s perfect for rainy days or if you’re just looking for something fun to do.
They offer several dance games you can play with your family, including learning the box step or the YMCA dance. For inspiration, they offer some videos on YouTube. I’ve linked to one on my Facebook page.
When I was a kid, my mom told me if I wanted to be a ballerina, I had to eat Lima beans. I bought that one completely. They were instantly one of my favorite side dishes and to this day, I still like Lima beans. So in honor of that little white lie my mom told me so many years ago, here is a Lima bean recipe from MyRecipes.com that I will be re-naming Angelina Ballerina Beans. You can call them whatever you want — Simple Garlicky Lima Beans, possibly.