Sara Beth Terral/ Conexión San Ángelo, contributor
Photos courtesy of Penny Lynn Photography 

SAN ANGELO – On October 14, Ballet San Angelo held its first Annual, Sharing Dance Day in front of City Hall. A crowd of nearly 500 people gathered in the beautiful fall weather to celebrate dance, fitness, and movement. Beginning early, people started to arrive to claim their free, Sharing Dance T-Shirt then dispersed around the plaza to check out the vendors including the Palate Pleaser Food Truck and The Latest Scoop Ice Cream tent.

Leading up to Sharing Dance Day, Ballet San Angelo's Assistant Artistic Director, Erin Lane, created an easy to learn flash mob style dance that was then taught to groups all over the community, including several thousand elementary school kids. Many of those students showed up Saturday eager to show off their moves and participate in the dance with the large group. “She’s been chomping at the bit for today to get here!” said one mom of an elementary age student. 

 

The day started off with a yoga warm-up followed by an exciting round of Zumba lead by Jonathan Bockman from the YMCA in San Angelo that got the everyone ready to move. Finally, it was time to perform the Sharing Dance Day Dance, eliciting a large cheer from the crowd. Confident dancers moved to the front, with many joining the Ballet San Angelo dancers on the steps of City Hall.

Everyone jumped in to move together, dads danced next to their daughters, Ballet San Angelo board members showed off their moves, and the Dance for Parkinson’s class, and anyone who didn’t feel comfortable standing to do the dance, participated in a seated version of the dance, moving right along with everyone else. “Dance” by Rick Astley blared as the whole plaza moved to the music in unison, swaying, pumping, chugging, and stepping together. No one’s face was left without a smile as the last note played! 

Sharing Dance is a program that was created by the National Ballet School of Canada (NBS) with the purpose of bringing people from all walks of life together to join in the joy of movement, with a strong belief that everyone can dance. Ballet San Angelo is the first company in the United States to partner with NBS in putting on a Sharing Dance event and looks forward to recreating this amazing experience again next year! 

Sharing Dance Day was underwritten by Texas Pacifico, with additional sponsors including Ethicon, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Republic Services. The day was put on in partnership with the National Ballet School of Canada and the City of San Angelo. Learn more about Ballet San Angelo and its programs at www.balletsanangelo.org.