West Linn dancer participates in Dance Across the USA project


West Linn dancer Mika Doman was photographed dancing in Crater Lake National Park for a national book showcasing dancers in national parks in each of the 50 states.

The project, titled Dance Across the USA, is the brainchild of photographer Jonathan Givens, who is using his artistic magic to capture the talents of regional dancers within the nation’s most unique and majestic landscapes.

Givens is on an unprecedented 90-day, 22,000-mile, 56-location road trip across the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii. From a pool of nearly 2,800 applicants, 150 national finalists, including Doman, were selected to be photographed in national parks, national historic locations and state parks.

“We believe that by photographing talented dancers in these nationally significant locations we will both increase the interest in dance as well as expose people to the accessibility and majesty of our country,” Givens said.

The National Park Service turns 100 on Aug. 25, and Givens plans to create a photography book with all the images captured during the project. Once published, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the national parks as well as a National Endowment for the Arts.

Doman, 16, started dancing at the age of 9, and dance has taken her all over the country working and training with some of the industry’s top choreographers. In the fall, she will be traveling to Australia for a two-week tour as a guest performer with one of her sponsors, Urban Empire.

Doman’s photoshoot began at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at Crater Lake’s Rim Village Visitor Center on Rim Drive near the Crater Lake Lodge.

— The Review, Tidings

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