Oregon City Public Library is partnering with the Oregon City School District and Oregon City Parks & Recreation to offer "Dance Dance Oregon City: Bollywood," three free community dance parties for all ages and abilities.
DJ Prashant from Bollywood Dreams Entertainment will provide a 30-minute interactive dance lesson, followed by a 60-minute dance party featuring contemporary dance music from India.
Youth Services Librarian Barratt Miller said dancing together is a powerful opportunity for healing, both individually and as a community. Miller pointed to research showing that synchronous rhythmic movement (aka dancing in a group) helps individuals address the lingering impact of past trauma and strengthen bonds within social groups.
"The library hopes to offer future Dance Dance Oregon City events in 2023 and welcomes suggestions from the community," Miller said. "If there are styles of dance you'd like to learn or teach, please let us know."
This program is supported in part by a generous donation from the Oregon City Library Foundation.
Dance Dance Oregon City
DJ Prashant will offer dance lessons and parties at three different locations in Oregon City and Beavercreek:
6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Beavercreek Elementary School, 21944 S. Yeoman Road.
10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.
3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Tyrone S. Woods Park, 14520 Meyers Road.
Indoor spaces will be provided at each site in case of rain. Community members are welcome, but not required, to attend more than one event.
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