But Grand Center recently announced that the festival will not be returning for an eighth edition -- a decision that the dance community views as a step backward.
"'Dancing in the Street' was a great opportunity for a variety of dance groups of all levels to come together and bring awareness of dance to the people of
MADCO and Big Muddy, two of the city's more high-profile companies, both performed at "Dancing in the Street." But the festival was perhaps even more useful as a place to see lesser-known ensembles.
"It's really sad to lose something that was that special -- for our dance community, and for the community in general," said dancer-choreographer
The festival was "such a wonderful event for families, for kids," she said. "And it gave so many people an opportunity to see such a variety of different types of dance offered in
West said "Dancing in the Street" was "important for the smaller groups who don't have the resources to produce a wide variety of their own productions. MADCO is lucky to have resources that allow us to produce a concert season and participate in community performances. Many other groups have just lost one of their prime performance opportunities."
"Dancing in the Street" was first presented in 2007, with the internationally known aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP as headliner. BANDALOOP was also the main attraction for last year's edition of the festival, which was held on
In a recent interview with the
But Grand Center said in a statement released in January that the district was "willing to provide logistical support to a dance organization interested in assuming sponsorship of the event and would love to see the event continue in the district."
One candidate might be Dance St. Louis, which presents the annual "Spring to Dance" festival on
"What I have, I'm already using to the maximum," Uthoff said. Dance
In his interview, Schoemehl said that dance-related events might be presented at the long-vacant
"I have no doubt that they're going to come up with another way to honor dance," she said.
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