Dancing Into Spring
It’s obvious that dance is important to our Gorge communities. Performers of all ages flock to concerts to show off their skills and families pack houses when their children are dancing with the Academy. While planning programming for the CCA Theatre in 2018, I wanted to bring as many dance productions as possible to Hood River. We pride ourselves on offering highly talented, awe-inspiring arts right here in your hometown, so you can be moved without traveling too far from home. With the support of Pacific Power Foundation and the Hillman Foundation, we have an enthusiastic lineup of dance productions scheduled for you this spring.
On March 17 at 7pm, we open with a multicultural evening of dance and music, featuring belly dancing and flamenco. Musician Third Seven has composed an enchanting set of traditional cello music set to a solo belly dancing routine by his wife. She spent many years living and immersing herself in Middle Eastern culture, and has committed herself to honoring this traditional and important style of dance. The evening will end with a rousing performance by Experience Flamenco, including upbeat, gorgeous music played in the style of authentic flamenco guitar.
On April 14 at both 4pm and 7pm, we welcome back two performances of the extremely popular Art of Movement event. These multi-dancer performances always sell out and feature several local dance troupes who dance in myriad genres. Annual favorites, Afro Latin Swing, are certain to bring their high-energy, diverse skills to the stage and we are proud to include the Jefferson Dancers II from Portland in the lineup! This eclectic company of dancers attend an elite educational and dance program that encourages creativity, commitment, and achievement.
Finally, on May 11 at 6:30pm, we bring Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 to the CCA Theatre for a uniquely choreographed evening of ballet. OBT2 participants perform and rehearse classical and contemporary choreography from the repertoire of Oregon Ballet Theatre, while doing understudies and performing company roles. Through a generous grant opportunity, OBT2 is touring their extremely talented dancers to rural places in Oregon and are proud to be performing with us at CCA. Be ready for an evening of dance designed specifically for our audience.
All tickets will be available soon here soon under the Theatre Upcoming Events tab. We are truly committed to bringing art to life in the Gorge and I look forward to seeing you in the Theatre! Find tickets at columbiaarts.org
Columbia Center for the Arts