By Kayla Stewart
TACOMA – The Warehouse is excited to announce a new collaborative event featuring the band, Lemolo, playing their entire debut album The Kaleidoscope, alongside choreographed performances from MLKBallet and the BareFoot Collective. This event will be held on July 6th, 2013 at 8pm at Urban Grace Church. This 850 seat performance space was designed with these events in mind. It will be the perfect setting to merge these two dynamic forms of performance art. Tickets go on sale May 2nd at 10am.
From the first moment we met Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox, we knew that there was something special about these two lovely ladies. Their epic performance in the Yoga Studio at Doe Bay Fest 2011 is the perfect example. Not only was the Yoga Studio filled to capacity, but it was surrounded by hundreds of festival goers trying to catch a glimpse of the electrifying duo. They recently sold out two shows at Columbia City Theater debuting their album, “The Kaleidoscope,” which was met with positive reviews from several reputable voices in the music community. This includes being labeled the, “Best New Band” by City Arts Magazine in March 2013.
Since 2008, The BareFoot Collective has played a major role in the participation and advancement of modern dance in the greater Tacoma community. Dedicated to creating opportunities for dance and related arts, The BareFoot Collective has provided access to dance through educational opportunities, community-based performances, audience experiences and artist collaborations. In the fall of 2012, The BareFoot Collective challenged perception and provided their talent, grace, precision, and athleticism in several shows produced in unexpected locations throughout the City of Tacoma. We are honored that they are able to participate in this event, and are anxiously waiting to see what they produce. We know it’ll be magic!
There is a stigma associated to ballet that insists you must look and act one way to do it. For those who founded MLKBallet that is not the case. “We accept all body types, all ages and all skill levels…Dance should be — and can be — accessible to everyone, students and audience members.” Since its inception in 2006, MLKBallet has been providing tuition-free dance training for children in the Tacoma area. Their programs also include affordable and accessible instruction for adults. MLKBallet constantly pushes the limits by providing collaborative and unique performances throughout Tacoma. From their major production of MOVE!, to Ten Tiny Dances, this company has challenges boundaries in the ballet world.