Pride, Rhythm & Motion: Richmond Ballet plans flashmob for Pridefest
Richmond Ballet’s Rhythm & Motion is inviting Richmonders to kick their legs high at Virginia Pridefest this Saturday.
Rhythm and Motion (R&M) will perform a flashmob at this weekend’s Pride celebration. Rebecca Weger, School Manager for the School of Richmond Ballet, explained R&M’s performance at Pridefest was inspired by the program’s community involvement in its home base of San Francisco. She said, “Rhythm & Motion has a tradition of participating in the great Pride parades in San Francisco, and we thought doing something similar here in Richmond might be really fun.”
Participation in the Virginia Pridefest flashmob is open to everyone, and dancers will perform two choreographed dance routines: one to Madonna’s hit “Like A Prayer,” and another to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
The dance moves, Weger explains, are “very accessible to all levels, and once you get the general pattern down, you’ll be good to go!”
Weger and the R&M at Richmond Ballet staff have invited those interested in being part of the flashmob to come to a free rehearsal at Richmond Ballet this Friday at 6:30 pm.
Weger says, “You can practice the routines with our R&M teachers, it’s completely free, and it’s a great way to connect with other R&M students. Plus you get a great workout!” Videos of the routines are also posted on the Pridefest flashmob’s Facebook event page so participants can practice the steps at their own pace.
R&M is a program of high-energy, dance-based workout classes offered at the Richmond Ballet. It was founded in San Francisco in 1979, and aims to fight “perfect body” standards.
It also strives to make dancing accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. Weger says, “Rhythm & Motion is an inclusivity class; we want to include everybody.”
“That’s what it’s all about,” Weger said about Rhythm & Motion’s participation in Pridefest. “[It's] about sharing the fun… to have everybody in the community there, enjoying themselves and enjoying the experience of dance.”
Top image: Rhythm & Motion instructor Rebecca Weger (far right) leads a Rhythm & Motion by Richmond Ballet class at Richmond Ballet’s downtown studios. Richmond Ballet 2013. All rights reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson
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