The sixth annual Ten Tiny Dances cultural event returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to the Beaverton Farmers Market.

Hosted by the Beaverton Arts Commission and the city, Ten Tiny Dances is free and features a variety of dancers, representing modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms performing simultaneously on five stages set up in different locations in downtown.

This year’s performers include Oluyinka Akinjiola, Mike Barber, Luke Gutgsell, Allie Hankins, duo Meshi Chavez and Joaquin Lopez, Ramya Raman, as well as Def Con 5, POV Dance, Portland Taiko and the Sundari Dance TIMES FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Priya Judge and Nandita Vanka perform 'Anandha Tandav: The Joyous Dance of Shiva and Shakthi' at the Beaverton Farmers Market as part of the annual Ten Tiny Dances event.

In 2002, choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with the concept of Ten Tiny Dances to challenge local choreographers and dancers to use a 4-foot-by-4-foot stage to fuel their creativity. Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances in an array of settings — from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants as well as on multiple stages sprinkled throughout the heart of downtown Beaverton. Audiences are then encouraged to experience dances that have been created for specific locations.

Programs, maps and instructions will be available on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Beaverton Farmers Market stage at Southwest Fourth Street and Hall Boulevard. Performances begin simultaneously on each of the five stages at 10:30 a.m. and will repeat every half hour.

For the first time, the audience can meet the artists at an artist talk-back area, located under the oak tree in front of the Beaverton City Library following the final performance. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from performers, choreographers as well as the Ten Tiny Dances founder.

“For the past six years, we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with the Beaverton Farmers Market on this innovative dance performance,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “These performances introduce our community to a variety of dance forms — it’s truly one of our most artistic events.”

This event is supported by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Art Works, Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Beaverton Farmers Market.

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