Dance in the streets Saturday


What: Street party Where: 11th Street between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue When: 6 p.m. Saturday Cost: $5 suggested donation

Two sculptures are going up in flames in honor of The Center for Movement Arts' first anniversary Saturday night.

And pyrotechnics are just one of the events that will celebrate an anniversary party and artists' benefit that will close 11th Street between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue. Street revelers also can look forward to a performance by the Afro Dance and Drum Ensemble, fire dancing from the Colorado Fire Conclave, a sculpture exhibit, live bands for dancing inside The Center for Movement Arts and possibly an impromptu puppet show by Master Melvin from Atlanta.

"And who else knows what could happen? It could get crazy," event organizer Michael Moss said.

An eclectic evening of diverse artists seems like the perfect recipe to celebrate a milestone for Robin Getter's "movement arts" studio. She successfully has brought children's dance and yoga, arts immersion programs, belly dancing, West African dancing, Feldenkrais, Pilates, adult yoga and Michael David's Rocky Mountain Karate Academy under one roof during the past year. Not to mention social dances such as swing, tango and salsa rueda.

The 11th Street party, which will spill into the Emerald City building across the street from The Center for Movement Arts, also will officially mark the last party in the former teen center. Emerald City is due to be demolished next week. Denver DJs Schmid-E and Solomon from the Wacky Shack will be spinning tunes inside Emerald City while visual art projections grace the walls. A "Smash Room" will allow revelers wearing goggles and lab coats to vent their frustrations on breakable items such as toilets and televisions.

"It'll be stuff that goes boom when you hit them," Moss said.

The lighting of two enormous fire sculptures will take place outside, on 11th Street.

"The Gantry" makes a return appearance alongside "Paleo," its companion piece representing a mythological horse. The two glowing sculptures will be fired by propane to light up the night sky.

Sculpture artists Wayne Kakela, David Haradin and Ann Rooney are scheduled to display their work, as well.

This celebration and showcase of the local arts will be "very much in the spirit of Burning Man," Moss said.


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