CSU, Chico News

Dance Chico! Weeklong Celebration Slated for March 22-28

Date: 03-16-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Daran Goodsell, Marketing Coordinator
Chico Performances

It’s an interesting, basic phenomenon. Your toddler is playing in the living room, and suddenly some music comes on. The toddler stops, lifts their head, smiles, begins to wiggle, move and, well … basically, dance. It’s inherent in our natures, a deep psychological need to express ourselves through movement.

The need to express ourselves through movement gets more sophisticated as we grow – it encompasses those that tap their feet upon hearing a catchy tune to those that decide to make dance a lifelong passion. Whether you’re a professional dancer or just an occasional toe-tapper, dance is something all can relate to.

With that in mind, California State University, Chico’s performing arts arm, Chico Performances, has created a weeklong celebration of dance called Dance Chico! Celebrating all kinds of movement, Dance Chico! has something for all lovers of the form of entertainment called “dance.”

Sunday, March 22

Kicking off the week is Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet group out of San Francisco. Performing in Laxson Auditorium, Seiwert’s dancers will perform an evening show, followed by a field trip for students on Monday, March 23.

Tuesday, March 24

Chico’s Pageant Theatre will be presenting Bob Fosse’s iconic dance film “All That Jazz” in shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 26

On Thursday, March 26, the Spotlight Performancewill be showcasing the best of the North State’s dance groups. Included will be performances by students from Inspire School of the Arts, Kinetics Academy of Dance, Ann’s Dance Workshop, Hype Dance Studio, a piece by Chico Community Ballet, as well as belly dance and Afro-Cuban and Hmong traditional pieces. The Spotlight Performance is at 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium.

Friday, March 27

On Friday, March 27, Dance Chico! will be closing down 3rd Street between Main and Broadway in Chico, and hosting a free Broadway Boogie. This street fair will feature food trucks, dance instruction, and a fun evening for all ages. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

Dance Chico! wraps up with a performance by the Joe Goode Performance Group, a modern dance troupe, performing “Hush” at 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. In addition, Joe Goode will be working with CSU, Chico’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on several workshops and residencies throughout the week.

When asked the reason of focusing an entire week of events on celebrating dance, Director of Chico Performances Stephen Cummins replied, “For me, dance is the most beautiful art form. It is important to engage students, youngsters and families in all forms of dance. Exposure to dance broadens kids’ horizons. To me, it’s a fun and interactive art form.”

Dance Chico! received a sizeable grant through the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Cummins says the NEA grant was crucial to Dance Chico!

“The monetary support from the NEA will help us realize our goals to engage new dance audiences, introduce our community to world class choreographers and celebrate the art form that is dance,” he said.

A Dance Chico! All Festival Pass is being offered for $40. This pass is good for one ticket to all events during the week. Individual tickets to the separate events are also available. More information, ticket prices and a complete listing of events are available at dancechico.com.

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in Dance Chico! or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.

March 22 – 28, 2015

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery
3/22 Laxson Auditorium

Amy Seiwert Field Trip
3/23 Laxson Auditorium

Film: All That Jazz
3/24 Pageant Theater

Spotlight Performances
3/26 Laxson Auditorium

Broadway Boogie
3/27 Downtown Chico – FREE

Joe Good: Hush
3/28 Laxson Auditorium