Featured image: “Early Spring, Dupont Circle” by ok-oyot in the Borderstan flickr pool, March 20, 2011.
In the Circle Productions, the team that helped organize the “Soccer in the Circle” World Cup fan fest and created the Official Dupont Circle Snowball Fight, presents Dance in the Circle on Saturday, April 21. (You can also find them on Facebook)
Dance in the Circle is a six-hour dance festival with performances and instruction in a variety of styles inclu ding flamenco, hip hop and modern. Participants include local dance companies: the Bomb Squad Dancers, Calico Cloggers, Capitol Movement, Dance Dimensions, DanceAntonini, DancEthos, darlingdance, DCypher Dance, Furia Flamenca and Urban Artistry.
Dupont Circle resident Michael Lipin is one of the festival’s co-producers. After co-producing “Soccer in the Circle” and Dupont’s snowball fight, he caught the “event-organizing bug” and wanted to bring yet another exciting event to the neighborhood. “As someone who has enjoyed dance for years, but only took up classes recently, I thought a dance festival would be just as fun to put together, and just as unique for the Circle,” he said.
“Dupont Circle is a great gathering spot and has always been an active, creative community hub,” added Co-Producer Daniel Kramer. “From the Snowball Fight and Soccer in the Circle, it is clear that people will come to a fun event in Dupont. Dance appeals to people of all ages and is inclusive in its variety of styles, so we thought it a natural fit for our next production.”
Although the event has been fun to organize, it has also been a challenge. From recruiting dance companies to participate, to seeking permits from local authorities, and securing the support of the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, there has been no shortage of tasks to complete. And the work is still not done.
“We’ve raised a small amount of the necessary funds, but still need several thousand dollars more between now and the event. Please consider making a small donation via the PayPal link on our Facebook page and website. All donations are tax-deductible. Every little amount helps! The Dance in the Circle team also is recruiting sponsors who can have a booth in the park (or even naming rights for the dance floor) in return for donations of specific amounts,” said Lipin.
For more information about Dance in the Circle, visit their website or like their Facebook page. If you would like to inquire about sponsoring a booth at the event, please contact danceinthecircle[AT]hotmail.com.