Laguna Dance Festival's 16th Winter Season Makes Your Home Its Venue

With theaters and performance studios closed in the midst of a pandemic, where does dance go? If the Laguna Dance Festival has anything to say about it, "away" is one place dance will not venture to. In fact, the coronavirus era may have just proved that dance performance can be anywhere as long as you have a screen and connectivity.

Tonight, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., the Laguna Dance Festival will stream its virtual program, "Dance Like No One's Watching," as a way to raise spirits and funds for the organization, and to continue with its mission to present world-class dance in an intimate setting.

"We are watching the arts go through an unparalleled time of suffering because teachers, choreographers, directors, companies, designers, backstage crew, everyone, has had to press pause," said festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates. "With so many jobs lost, I asked, 'How can we employ artists and give them a sense of integrity and artistic excellence?'"

Practicing "the art of the pivot," as Gates calls it, to focus more intently on commissioning new works, is what inspired the programming for the festival's 16th annual winter season. During the streamed concert, audience members will be treated to a world-premiere viewing of a new piece performed by acclaimed international flamenco dancer Irene Rodriguez.

The Laguna Dance Festival, in its effort to keep dancers dancing, commissioned the solo work, titled "Towards the Shore," which Rodriguez choreographed and filmed on location in Laguna Beach.

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Orange County has returned to Tier 1 of the California Re-Opening Plan, precipitating the closure of many of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues. In addition, this week a curfew for non-essential activities after 10pm was instituted by the state government. Arts Orange County will continue to spotlight a mix of virtual and streaming arts and culture offerings along with in-person events that conform to the most current safety guidelines. We encourage everyone to keep their lives enriched by the arts, but safely! Save lives by wearing masks and respecting social distancing protocols. 


Holidayz at the OC Great Park

Dazzling lights, music, and holiday-themed art are just part of the winter makeover of the Great Park  DETAILS »


Art Along the Coast

This self-guided driving tour lets you sample some of the best and brightest of the Laguna Beach community of artists at your own pace - meet an artist, see behind the scenes, or find a unique gift  DETAILS »


Music at Home with Laguna Beach Live

A deep catalog of Laguna Beach Live's concerts featuring the best of jazz, country, bluegrass artists and more can now be enjoyed streaming at home until it's safe to gather again  DETAILS »


Holidays Around the World at Argyros Plaza

Holiday traditions from around the world will be showcased in this unique festival at the Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center, which your household can view from a special, distanced seating "pod" - live performances, seasonal crafts, maybe even a magical bit of snowfall  DETAILS »


Drive-up Art Kits for Seniors

This Wednesday and every other Wednesday, you can inspire your creative self with these unique take-home art projects with all materials and instructions included, courtesy of the City of Anaheim and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center  DETAILS »

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