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Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 - 66 days ago Canvassed | Art & culture

San Diego Dance Connect wants to create community

The alliance hopes to bring new energy to the local dance scene

By Natalie Eisen
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- Photo by Kinsee Morlan

It’s time to bring San Diego's dance community together. That's the thought behind San Diego Dance Connect (SDDC), a new alliance that hopes to foster relationships between dancers and dance patrons.

This isn't the first time local dancers have tried to create a tighter community. The Dance Alliance, which was formed in 1981, served that purpose for years until the group was absorbed into the Performing Arts League.

With the diverse and active dance community in San Diego, it’s no surprise that another group has made a go at bringing together dancers from every part of the county and a broad spectrum of styles.

SDDC was formed after several months of community input, and the hope is to strengthen the dance local community by providing opportunities for folks to share resources and ideas.

“The goal overall is to connect the community, hence the name of the group,” says Zaquia Salinas, one of the 10 dance leaders of the alliance. “We're really looking to create tools for the community to be involved with each other across different genres of dance and different dance experiences.”

The hope is to accomplish this with quarterly meetings held throughout San Diego County where the community can meet and discuss ideas. The next of these events is happening from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, starting with a happy hour at Wang’s North Park and then moving to North Park’s Art Produce for a networking and resource event, a presentation by Amy Fitterer and an update on the development of the SDDC website.

“It’s giving the community a chance to reach out to the greater San Diego area,” says Salinas. “Just providing tools and resources for that.”

 
 
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