Dancing Grounds

DG and CAC: Healing the World with Dance

09:00 March 30, 2022
By: Gracie Wise

Dancing is a fun activity that improves your posture, strength, and flexibility. It's also an important tool for creativity, expression, and happiness. Like all aerobic exercises, dancing boosts dopamine and endorphins, diminishing feelings of anxiety and depression. It's no wonder why dancing is recommended for mood improvement, stress relief, and disease prevention by clinicians!

Dancing Grounds (DG) and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) are teaming up to present the Dance for Social Change 2022 Festival: Through Our Eyes from Wednesday, April 20 to Saturday, April 23. The festival brings light to how the world's response to COVID-19 impacted the mental health of young people as well as the coping skills and recovery that came from it.

Presented by DSC Teen Company, Through Our Eyes is an immersive multidisciplinary work that will be included in the festival as well as Overcharged, a Teen Visual Art Exhibition selected by DG and the CAC. Other events are listed as follows:

Wednesday, April 20: High School Field, Trip Day at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 21: Premiere Party at 6 p.m.

Friday, April 22: Teen Night featuring Big Freedia at 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 23: Family Day at 10 a.m.

The festival will invite 300 teens in the city to participate as artists and guests for a weekend of dancing, art, and yoga. It follows Ya Heard Meh: Youth Stories in a Global Pandemic, a film released in 2021. It won Special Jury Mention in the documentary short category at last year's New Orleans Film Festival.

The event is open to everyone (except for the Premiere Party). Tickets for the Premiere Party will cost $25 per person and $40 per pair. Fundraiser tickets will cost $75 per person and $125 per pair. Free drinks and a reception with dinner will be included in each fundraiser ticket.

You can learn more about the festival and purchase your ticket at eventbrite.com and cacno.org.

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