GREENSBORO, NC – The fourth annual National Dance Day GSO celebration, scheduled for September 19, 2020, is going virtual. Due to the ongoing public health crisis surrounding Covid-19, the event that brought over 3,000 people to LeBauer Park in 2019 will invite the public to bust a move from afar.
“A virtual event cannot truly capture the feeling of celebration that joining folks on a dancefloor in person gives, but we’re taking this as an opportunity to get creative with what it looks like to come together through dance, even when we have to be apart, “ said Amanda Miller, Director of Programs & Marketing at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. (GDPI).
Greensboro Downtown Parks will work with video producer, Paul Byun, to produce a series of pre-recorded sessions with local dance groups representing a range of cultural and stylized genres in various locations around Center City and LeBauer Parks. These videos, combining performance and creative instruction, will be released to the public Sept. 19 through GDPI’s blog and social media platforms.
Choreography for the ‘Community Dance’ portion of the event will be made public in early August, and GDPI will accept video submissions of members of the community performing the dance on their own to be compiled into a feature for release on the day of the event, as well.
In addition to these video series, Greensboro Downtown Parks, in partnership with Dance Project, Inc., will be bringing a temporary art installation to LeBauer Park in conjunction with the National Dance Day event.
With more details to come soon, the public artwork will feature an interactive element for members of the community to safely enjoy in the park space on their own time in the weeks following the Sept. 19 celebration. The international flags suspended above LeBauer’s Great Lawn - a hallmark of this cultural celebration - will also go up on National Dance Day to be enjoyed by the public for a time following the event date.
A lineup of participating dancers for will be announced in the weeks to come.
Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. is a non-profit organization in partnership with the City of Greensboro, Center City Park and LeBauer Park. The mission of GDPI is to serve as the executive management of Greensboro’s downtown parks, focusing on public activation, maintenance, financial well-being and overall vitality.