July 13, 1998
Sandblast '98--Duvall's summer arts festival now includes dance workshops and performance
DUVALL--Sandblast '98, Duvall's summer arts festival, is scheduled for July 24-26. The festival will feature a variety of dance workshops which appeal to all ages.
On the outdoor stage at McCormick Park, Chris Daigre of Ewajo will be leading Afro-jazz workshops guaranteed to get onlookers up and moving. Chris, a dancer, choreographer and instructor in the greater Seattle area since 1981, uses dance as a way to bring people together and encourage self expression. The dance will be accompanied by live drumming.
A short walk south of town on the old railroad right-of-way is TJ Dance Studio, where owners/instructors Jayne Hancock and Peg Burnside will be offering workshops both days of the festival.
They will be teaching the Shim-ham, a social line dance (no partner required) from the 1930s that is still performed by tap dancers everywhere. Or, those who love the hot Broadway musical hit "Chicago," can learn the moves to "All That Jazz."
Meanwhile, the annual construction of a giant sand sculpture will be ongoing at the Duvall Beach. This year, participants will be creating a replica of the riverboat Black Prince, which delivered goods to residents along the Snoqualmie River before roads and trains came on the scene.
For the fourth year in a row, the creation of the sand sculpture will take place under the guidance of professional sand artist Kali Bradford.
Included in the festival will be an art walk along the river trail to showcase the work of local artists and artisans.
Sunday evening's group presentation will offer onlookers a chance to get up on stage with other workshop participants for a community performance.
This event will bring Sandblast '98 to a rousing conclusion that promises to have participants dancing their way back to the car.
For information, call Carolyn Butler at 425-788-2983 or Sunny Ruthchild at Gardens and SunSpaces Gallery at 524-788-9844.