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American Dance Festival lines up children's series

Posted May 22, 2013

Pilobolus. Photo by John Kane. Courtesy American Dance Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the American Dance Festival, a world class dance festival that brings a variety of modern dance and shows to the Triangle each summer.

For families, the festival offers a series of three children's Saturday matinees. These one-hour performances are designed for kids and are each followed by a free kids' party in the Durham Performing Art Center's lobbies. The fun includes live music, activities, face painting, snacks and more.

Each are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Here's the line up:

Pilobolus performs June 22. This troupe is a favorite of the festival. Here's what a festival press release says about it: "Year after year, the incredible wonder of Pilobolus brings to the ADF stage a brilliant ingenuity that defies all notions of what modern dance is and can be. Their provocative and witty collaborations have become one of the most anticipated must-sees of the summer."

Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company performs July 6. "Since 1994, Brenda Angiel Ariel Dance Company has redefined the conventional ideas of modern dance by not only taking it out of traditional performance spaces but also by throwing the use of gravity out the window. Having reimagined various forms of dance techniques to create her acclaimed aerial work, Angiel keeps audiences on their toes through her highly flying yet sophisticated and daring dances," the festival's press release says.

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs July 13. "For nearly 60 years the unrivaled genius of Paul Taylor has delighted audiences and established him as one of the greatest cultural icons in dance history. While the beauty and skillful mastery of his choreography is quickly recognized the world over, his programs continue to move audiences with poignant, powerful, and breathtaking explorations into life’s most complex issues," the release says about this group.

Kids ages 6 to 16 also can attend any evening festival performance for free with the purchase of a single ticket or subscription. There are a limited number of Kids' Night Out tickets available for each performance so start planning now if you'd like to take advantage of this offer.

One caution: Some of the evening performances will include some adult themes. Be sure to check with the festival if adult content is part of a performance that you're considering.

Marbles Kids Museum also is planning a special Project Dance event from 11 a.m. to noon, June 22. ADF faculty members will teach kids and adults the histories and joys of African movements, rhythms and musical instruments.

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