Beloved Street Dance returns this Saturday
What's the best way to describe the West Linn Street Dance?
For Tarra Wiencken, recreation coordinator II at the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department, the event is one of the city's most popular because of its inclusivity.
"It's just great food, everything from kids' entertainment to (juggler) Mag Hughes and then the band — it's just a great, fun event," Wiencken said. "There's something for everybody."
The 11th annual Street Dance is set for Saturday, July 14, and will run from 5 to around 11 p.m. in the Willamette neighborhood.
"The street (Willamette Falls Drive) is closed off, so you're free to roam," Wiencken said. "It's a comfortable setting ... a lot of people in the neighborhood walk, which is great because parking is limited."
The event will kick off at 5 p.m., with food and beverages available as well as a bouncy house and face painting for kids. At 5:15, a group of students from the nearby Youth Music Project will perform.
"They do a nice variety showing off their music, their classes and what they offer," Wiencken said.
An interactive juggling performance from Mag Hughes follows at 6:15. Before the dancing kicks off at 8 p.m., there will also be a performance from the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue pipes and drums group and an opening ceremony by a color guard.
"And then the sun goes down, the band comes out and it's packed — people everywhere," Wiencken said. "The kids kind of go home and the streets are just filled with people dancing."
Jilt, which is a veteran from prior Street Dances and aims to "bring a stadium rock energy into every setting," will perform at the event. The five-person outfit plays everything from classic rock and pop covers to country and even prog-rock.
"The band usually plays until 11," Wiencken said. "We have it scheduled 8 to 11, but they may do an encore depending on the crowd."
Admission is free. Learn more at westlinnoregon.gov/streetdance/2013-pressure-point-signed-rock-streets-west-linn-street-dance.