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June 23, 2015

DANCECleveland and Cain Park Co-Sponsor World Renowned David Parsons Dance to Celebrate The National Day of Dance on July 25

CLEVELAND (June 23, 2015) Exceptional musicality, precise movement and finesse, New York City- based David Parsons Dance will kick off DANCECleveland's 60th Anniversary Season with dancing that the whole family can enjoy. The summer performance, co sponsored by DANCECleveland and Cain Park will take place at Cain Park's Evans Amphitheater, owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, July 25 at 8 p.m. The beloved David Parsons Dance performance will also be surrounded by various events before and after the performance for audience members to take part in including picnic options, wine tastings, free ballroom and line dance classes, and the chance to see local dance students perform "The National Day of Dance Routine" before the show.

A favorite of Northeast Ohio, and known throughout the world since 1985 as a family-friendly uplifting dance company, Parsons Dance will perform a variety of contemporary dances with stunning dancers and effortless movement. Named "one of the great movers of modern dance" by The New York Times, the company will bring top quality dance to the stage. Parsons Dance is best known for their large repertory of works by Artistic Director David Parsons, as well as commissions by well-known and emerging choreographers. The company has performed in more than 350 cities, 30 countries and 5 continents at some of the most well-known theaters and festivals worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Muncipal. From 1978-1987, David Parsons was a lead dancer with Paul Taylor Dance Company and has gone on to enjoy a remarkable career as a choreographer, teacher, director, and producer of dance that continues today.

To celebrate The National Day of Dance, the performance will be surrounded by events for dancers and non-dancers alike to take part in. Advanced dancers over 16 years of age can participate in a free dance master class in the morning with David Parsons himself at 11 a.m. on the Evans Amphitheater stage. RSVP is required by emailing sarah@dancecleveland.org. Limited space is available.

Dance lovers of all ages can arrive early at Cain Park to enjoy free beginner ballroom and popular line dance "classes" in the Colonnade, with music and more. Audience members over 21 can also take part in a wine tasting at 6:30pm hosted by Cain Park and The Wine Spot. Wine tasting tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advanced at www.cainpark.com or in person at the Cain Park Ticket Office. Concession options are also available for those who wish to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic during the summer performance from the lawn seats. Visit www.cainpark.com for boxed dinner and concession information.

Making the day even more of a celebration, dancers from beginner to advanced are encouraged to learn the National Day of Day of Dance official 2015 routine and arrive early to "perform" together on stage alongside Parsons Dance dancers. Started in 2010 by "So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, The National Day of Dance is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Those interested should learn the routine in advanced by watching it online at www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org or on DANCECleveland's facebook page. The updated choreography video will be released in late June and features different versions so that dancers of all abilities can take part in the fun. Then, on the day of the performance, participants should arrive at 7pm. to perform it with others on stage and be videotaped as a group. DANCECleveland will send the recording to The Dizzy feet Foundation for a chance for the tape to be shown on televisions' popular show So You Think You Can Dance!

A 60th birthday party for DANCECleveland, a national celebration of dance and a return to Cain Park after a ten year hiatus with a phenomenal summer dance performance, the day will mark an event not to be missed!

TICKETS: Performance tickets range from $20- $25 and are now on sale at www.dancecleveland.org, or call 216-371-3000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Cain Park Ticket Office, or by visiting www.cainpark.com. Discounts for groups of five or more are also available by calling DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000.

For more information on the David Parsons Dance, visit:

www.parsonsdance.org and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJIoArCB5g4

For more information on Cain Park, visit:

www.cainpark.com

ELECTRONIC PHOTOS AVAILABLE FROM SARAH HRICKO AT 216-991-9000 or sarah@dancecleveland.org

DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. Started by visionary heights area women in 1956, DANCECleveland, originally known as Cleveland Modern Dance Association, has grown into one of the oldest dance-only presenters in the United States. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio. For more info, visit www.dancecleveland.org.

Cain Park is a summer performing art park owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights. No ordinary City park, Cain Park begins where most leave off: an outdoor, intimate, covered theater similar to a mid-sized off-Broadway space (Alma Theater); an outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans Amphitheater); an air-conditioned art gallery (Audrey & Harvey Feinberg Art Gallery), and outstanding programming that includes professional theatrical productions, a nationally recognized Arts Festival, cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programming, and concerts featuring national, regional, and local performers. For more information on Cain Park, visit: www.cainpark.com.

DANCECleveland is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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