Cindy BarnhartA Letter from the Director

“You guys inspired me!”

Sierra, a Potlatch Elementary School student, wrote that after attending a Festival Dance & Performing Arts Youthreach performance by An Dóchas and the Haran Irish Dancers in April 2013.  Third graders from Moscow, Pullman, Palouse, Troy, Garfield, and Colton were singing along with the lively band while clapping to the sound of the dancers’ fast-paced footwork.  Inspiration from dance was gushing from each and every child.  These children just experienced something totally new to them – and they loved it!
Sierra wanted to enroll in Celtic dance after watching the performers and learning about the two types of special shoes, Irish bagpipes, different types of songs and dances, and beautiful dresses with capes.  Our outreach programs inspire children by expanding their knowledge about different types of dance from around the world.    
Festival Dance has brought to the area amazing performances by companies like Peru Negro, Eugene Ballet, Manding Jata, Juan Siddi Flamenco, Santa Fe Ballet, Cirque D’Or, and MOMIX.   This year, I look forward to Festival Dance sharing dance from around the world and inspiring 15,000 people in eighteen communities as we continue our tradition of “Bringing the Arts to the People, and the People to the Arts."
Whether this is your first or hundredth experience with dance, we know that you will Be Inspired! by our Great Performances Series 2013-2014 shows.  Our 24th season features high-energy acrobatics of Aché Brasil, beautifully modern Paul Taylor 2, meticulous movement of Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz, and cheerful holiday song and dance of Joy to the World. 

Festival Dance is honored to provide dance programs to our community, such as the one today, year after year.  We are able to do this thanks to the generosity of local, state, and national grants, organizations, donors, and individuals like you.  Your support inspires us to do more for our community!

Thank you for your commitment of the arts. 

Katie Luna
Executive Director
Festival Dance & Performing Arts