Owensboro Dance Theater’s Dance Battle Extravaganza will take the stage at the RiverPark Center this Saturday night, with nine teams vying for the grand prize.
Although ODT’s first dance battle took place in 2019, this will only be the third battle the non-profit organization has held due to the pandemic.
The first act of the show will feature professional jazz dance company Giordano Dance Chicago.
“Giordano Dance Chicago offers a powerful, passionate, elegant and celebratory dance experience,” said Natalie Lopez, ODT’s Associate Artistic Director. “Their energy and enthusiasm captured in their dancing will leave you wanting more.”
The second act of the show will highlight the nine teams competing against each other:
- Burns College Dance Team
- Daviess County School Board
- Edge body
- The JDMs
- No affiliation
- Owensboro High School
- Owensboro High School
- Sutton Elementary School
- The Wonderful Substudies
There will also be performances from the Owensboro Dance Theater Company & Apprentice Company, as well as the 2020 GRADSA winner.
Each team chose their music, dance and acting to incorporate into their performance.
Twelve of Johnson’s Dance Studio dancers also participate in competitive teams during the evening.
“They are very excited to get on stage and represent their team,” she said.
A change for this year includes the presence of three judges who will score the teams live in each round. The team with the highest score in each round will be the winner of the round and will receive $100.
Online voting for the Community Favorite Award is open, and this year ODT is sharing the top three on social media to make the competition even fiercer.
“The teams have shown a real competitive spirit this year,” Lopez said. “To encourage this friendly competition and more support in the community, we decided to share who the top three voters were halfway through the Community Favorites Vote.
Lopez said sharing the information on social media led to a noticeable increase in votes and donations. Voting for the community contest ends Friday at midnight, and the winner will be announced at the show and will receive $500.
The grand prize winner will be determined by a public vote at the end of battles, and the team with the most votes will win $1,000 and bragging rights, Lopez said.
All funds raised will benefit the community through Owensboro Dance Theater’s community outreach, which includes ODT’s many performance opportunities: Triple-A (Arts Access For All) service programs; free tickets and transportation to underprivileged members of the community for each of its concerts this season; Rising Stars Adaptive Dance Program which provides dance lessons at schools and local facilities for people with disabilities.; The Dance for Health program, which offers dance lessons for people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic health conditions; and their Dance/Movement/LEAN and Dance to Learn programs offered in community schools.
“These programs are dependent on financial support from the community, and the success of this event will have a direct impact on the future of dance in our community and ODT’s ability to continue to ‘change lives…one dance at a time. times,'” Lopez said.
Owensboro Dance Theater’s Battle Dance Extravaganza is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $25. For more information, contact Owensboro Dance Theater at 270-684-9580 or email [email protected]