'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

September 10, 2014 5:18 PM

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'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City. This dance festival, billed as "community-based," took place the first weekend of September in the New York City suburb of Montclair, New Jersey. This "first annual Dance on the Lawn" outdoor dance concert was held in a simple yet perfect setting, the front lawn of the local Episcopal Church.

The key components of the performance space -- a festival banner, a marley covered platform stage and a great sound system - were complemented by a backdrop of trees, grass and the grand stone church to the rear. Add a warm, sunny day to the mix and the stage was set for a multi-faceted dance progra...

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