Friday, May 21, 2010

Dirty Feet to put on a ‘Side Show’

Dance company to celebrate art and expression

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo by Brooke Bonner The Dirty Feet Dance Co. will present “Side Show” at the Hailey Yoga Center tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Dirty Feet Dance Co., based in Hailey, has been performing contemporary and original dance pieces for the past year. The company has a new show, "Side Show," which it will present tonight and Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m. at the Hailey Yoga Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, available at the door.

"It is purely entertaining and fun," said Alysha Oclassen, founder of the Dirty Feet Dance Company. "We are all kind of clowns in this thing we call life."

The show will feature performances by multiple choreographers and dancers, including Pat Robinson, Keri York, Kassidy Brice, Caren Macnamera, Ruth Clark, Christina Arrp and Oclassen. In addition, the evening's performance will include Lyndsey Lascheck, who has returned to the valley from college.

"Dirty Feet Dance Co. always includes anyone who wants to create work," Oclassen said. "All the dancers have the freedom to do what they feel in their heart."

The company has been working hard at creating a venue for dance in the valley, but Oclassen said it's difficult because people see dance as something younger people or kids do, not adults.

"When I talk to people about creating a venue for adult performers, they think it's pole dancing," Oclassen said. "I think as with any art form there is something inside ourselves that wants to come out and speak. Dance is another expression of art and a way to express deep emotions."

The company includes a wide age range and two of the members have had little to no training. Oclassen said one of the novice dancers is choreographing, which is very impressive.

Attendees can expect to see jazz, tango, ballet, tribal belly dance and modern dancing throughout the performance of "Side Show."

"This show is quirky, whimsical and created to bring joyful entertainment to the dance lovers of our valley," Oclassen said. "Dance, it's cross cultural. It has no barriers and speaks to people's heart."

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