Bringing Dance to Downtown: LINES Ballet joins the Market Street Prototyping Festival

LINES Ballet is coming out of the studio and onto the street as part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, October 6-8, 2016. Artists, activists, and members of the community were invited to submit prototype concepts that would turn Market Street, San Francisco’s grand pedestrian boulevard, into an engaging and vibrant destination.

Since the home of Alonzo King LINES Ballet – LINES Dance Center – is in the heart of Central Market, we decided this would be an incredible opportunity to bring the creativity and artistry from within the building out into the public space. Our prototype, the “Inside Out Dance Studio” was born!

We were thrilled to be one of thirty projects selected to participate in the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a partnership between Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Planning Department. Spanning three districts – Central Market, Retail Heart, and Embarcadero – the festival will feature prototypes by veteran and emerging designers who are passionate about community, art, innovation, and redesigning public space.

The mission of Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s “Inside Out Dance Studio” is to raise awareness for the arts in Mid-Market, encourage the exploration of individual movement, and inspire creativity and artistry in everyday life.

The “Inside Out Dance Studio” will be a three-sided structure made entirely out of sustainable materials. It has a structural base made out of plywood, two sides covered with acrylic mirrors and recycled ballet barres attached (to replicate a dance studio), and the remaining side will be covered with recycled LINES Ballet posters. One mirrored side will also display this quote from Alonzo King:

“The qualities we admire in great dancing are the same qualities we admire in human beings: honesty, courage, fearlessness, generosity, wisdom, depth, compassion, and humanity.” – Alonzo King

Dancers from LINES Ballet’s Education Programs, Community Programs, and Dance Center will share improvisational movement at the Inside Out Dance Studio throughout the festival.

Join us, October 6-8, 2016! The Inside Out Dance Studio will be on Market Street between 6th and 7th, in front of The Hall.

Learn more about Inside Out Dance Studio

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Written by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is comprised of an internationally renowned contemporary ballet company, three education programs that serve pre-professional dancers, and a dance center that provides adult drop-in classes for all levels. The LINES Ballet mission is to nurture dynamic artistry and the development of authentic creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.

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