Take Center Stage with Ballet Austin All Summer LONG!

Have you ever been to a Ballet Austin performance at the Long Center and starred at the stage in wonder? Maybe even fantasized about what it would be like to dance on that very stage? Rhythm on Stage is a free community dance series that brings those dreams to life.

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Photo Credit: Jessica Pino

Guided by Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness instructors, you’ll feel like a star! Already in its fourth year, Austinites of all ages and skill levels can get on the main stage at the Long Center and dance the night away. It’s a great way beat the heat of July and try something new.

July 14th marked the first of three Tuesday night events in July. Close to 500 Austinites came together and learned two different Bollywood dances led by Prakash Mohandas and Divya Dinakar. The energy was high and contagious. Don’t believe me, just check out the video below.

What makes these nights even more magical are the instructors. For example, Prakash Mohandas is the founder of Agni Performing Arts and Divya Dinakar is an engineer at Intel Corporation by day, and a dance aficionado by night. The instructors for the Videodance class are the lovely sisters Jenny and Tara Alperin. And the instructor for the West African Dance & Drums, Jean-Claude Lessou, hails from the Ivory Coast.

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Photo Credit: Jessica Pino

All instructors hold regular classes at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness , so if you fall in love with a particular dance, or movement in general, head over to the Butler Dance Education Center at 501 W. 3rd Street and sign up for classes. And if you’re new, the first drop-in class is free!

And don’t worry. If you missed Bollywood night, you have two more chances to join in on the fun. Coming up next on July 21 is Michael Jackson’s BAD Videodance. Videodance is where you get to learn choreography of a timeless music video. And what’s more timeless than Michael Jackson? RSVP on Facebook, too!

Rhythm on Stage concludes Tuesday, July 28 with the invigorating beats of West African Dance & Drums. Led by Jean-Claude, this Rhythm on Stage will feature live drumming and bring everyone together to learn the tradition, sprit and dance of West Africa.

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