Dance, dance, dance: Watch some dance and do your own with upcoming performances, lessons

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Eight professional dancers will be performing “Breakout: a Series of Dances” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Moscow and Pullman.

The group includes and is coordinated by Hannah Myers, a Pullman choreographer, dancer and instructor, who attended University of Hartford’s Hartt School in Connecticut with most of the individuals performing in the event.

The show is a collaborative performance featuring contemporary dance solos and duets that were choreographed by each performer. Shows include live music and video projection.

“I wanted to bring a professional level of dance to an area that otherwise might have to travel to see it,” said Myers, whose group is performing today in Seattle.

This summer, Myers choreographed and performed an original dance piece at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received a positive review for the work and found the experience more satisfying than simply having her choreographed piece performed by someone else, as she had done the previous year.  

“It was more meaningful because I had been personally working on it,” Myers said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “Breakout: a Series of Dances”

WHEN & WHERE:

7 p.m. Friday at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow

2 p.m. Sunday at Etsi Bravo (ages 21 and older, ID required), 215 E. Main St., Pullman

COST: $15 advance, $20 at the door; advance tickets available at breakoutdance.eventbrite.com

OF NOTE: A free dance class for all ages and skill levels will be held 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on the East City Park stage at 904 E. First St., Moscow.

Looking for some new moves?

Learn some new dance steps and get out on the dance floor at one of these upcoming group dance lesson opportunities:

Perfect your promenade with the Twin City Twirlers at square dance lessons taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and Sept. 27. The lessons will teach you what you need to know in order to participate in dances held through the rest of the season. The group will be closed to new members after the initial lessons and opens again in January, when lessons will be offered again. There’s no need to register, just grab a partner or come alone. And don’t worry about what to wear, jeans and streetwear are acceptable for lessons. Gently used square dance clothing will be available for purchase for those who are interested in joining future dances. The first lesson is free and $5 per person thereafter. Lessons are held at the dance hall at 2130 Fifth Ave., Clarkston.

Get your Latin groove on at a new monthly salsa event Friday at One World Cafe, 533 S. Main St. in Moscow. Lessons begin at 6 p.m. and will cover the basics of salsa, bachata and merengue. After that, the dance floor will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. All ages and experience levels are welcome; no partner is required. The event is free; food and drink purchases are encouraged.

The lessons are taught by Annelise Nielsen and Daniel Reiss from Salsa on the Palouse, an open Facebook group for people to share and find out about local salsa events. Reiss is a graduate student in the mathematics department at the University of Idaho who began learning salsa and other Latin dances in 2008 and has gone on to perform at Northwest dance festivals. Neilsen has been dancing since she was young, taught ballet after college and eventually learned salsa in 2009. The two teach salsa lessons Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Spectrum II dance studio in Moscow.

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