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Ten Tiny Dances returns July 8 to Beaverton City Park and will feature a wide variety of dance genres.

COURTESY PHOTO - Northwest Dragon and Lion Dance Association will kick off Beaverton's ninth annual Ten Tiny Dances July 8.Now in its ninth year, Ten Tiny Dances is designed to animate public spaces and raise the visibility of Beaverton's ethnic diversity. The free public event features a wide variety of dancers who represent modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms.

The City of Beaverton will present the innovative event on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Beaverton City Park at Southwest Fifth Street and Hall Blvd.

At 9:20 a.m. the Norhtwest Dragon and Lion Dance Association will parade through Beaverton Farmers Market and City Park. The traditional lion dance is a form of dance in the Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in costume. For more information about the group, visit nwliondance.org.

Performances will begin at City Park at 10 a.m. Ten Tiny Dances will present the work of contemporary and traditional choreographers on a four-by-four-foot stage. The event aims to engage, surprise, delight, and challenge the community around art in public spaces.

Performers include ADAPT, Def Con 5, Huitzilopochtli, Mike Barber and Cydney Wilkes, Nartana School of Kuchipudi Dance, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company, The Patrollers, push/FOLD, Victoria Rose White, and The Zealous Advocates.

The Talk Back at 11:30 a.m. will offer an opportunity to meet Ten Tiny Dances founder and artistic director Mike Barber, along with event choreographers and dancers, to gain insight into their experiences and creative process used to produce dances for the tiny stage.

Since its inception in 2002, Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances in a wide range of settings, from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants, and even on multiple stages, encouraging the audience to experience dance that has been created for a specific location.

More: www.beavertonoregon.gov/TTD and www.tentinydances.org.

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