Off the wall dance: Project Bandaloop to perform on Resort at Squaw Creek |

Off the wall dance: Project Bandaloop to perform on Resort at Squaw Creek

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OLYMPIC VALLEY and#8212; Arts For the Schools (AftS) is incredibly excited to be the recipient of an ODC InnerState grant, funded by the James Irvine Foundation which will allow us to bring world class dance performances to our area and allow our local children to interact with the performers in master dance classes.

We are proud to present Project Bandaloop as the first group to be part of this grant. Directed by Amelia Rudolph, this San Francisco-based vertical dance company will perform a site-reactive dance that turns the walls of Resort at Squaw Creek into their dance and#8220;floorand#8221; using technical rigging.

Project Bandaloop creates a blend of dance, sport, ritual and environmental awareness. Inspired by the possibilities of climbing and rappelling, the choreography draws on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement to craft dances. They are known for dancing 2,500 feet above Yosemite Valley on El Capitan, as well as on buildings and historic structures the world over.

They perform Sunday, Aug. 29 at the Resort at Squaw Creek to kick off Arts For the Schools 2010-11 season. We are so fortunate to have them visit our area, please come and experience contemporary dance like you’ve never seen it before. This event will showcase the level of talent Arts For the Schools (AFtS) has secured for local students and community.

Project Bandaloop will work with local dance students from InnerRhythms and Tahoe Youth Ballet on a and#8220;ground performanceand#8221; which will open their aerial performance. This is an incredibly important piece of the grant, as it engages local students interested in dance in master classes with a world-class professional dance company.

Through this partnership we also get to tap into the extensive knowledge of the grantand#8217;s author, Rob Bailis, ODC Theater, who will tour our community and help us tackle the challenges of how to bring professional dance companies to our region. Coordinating dance performances and performing art programs in our rural community is a challenging task on good days, so having partnerships such as the InnerState Project is incredibly beneficial.

Project Bandaloopand#8217;s Aug. 29 program will also serve as a fundraiser for AFtS. Ticket price is $35 adults and $15 for children 18 or younger. The show includes appetizers. This is made possible through grants, foundations, private contributions and Parent Teacher Organizations who value art education in their schools.

Arts For the Schools was selected as one of a few presenters for the InnerState Project because it fit the requirements of a rural community and because of its 26-year history of overcoming venue challenges and bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed performers to the area. AFtS program line-up for the InnerState Grant will include the talents of Project Bandaloop, Yaelisa Caminos Flamenco and KUNST-STOFF, all of which offer stunning and cultural dance performances – and none of which would be coming to our area without this incredibly generous grant.

Project Bandaloop will be performing at the Resort at Squaw Creek on Aug. 29, 4 – 6 p.m. The Resort at Squaw Creek is a major sponsor and host of this event, which was made possible by their agreeing to Project Bandaloop aerial dancing off of their spectacular building, which will serve as a perfect backdrop along with the natural beauty of Squaw Valley. Space is limited, purchase tickets early at or call 582-8278.

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