Choreography: Christine Suarez
Santa Monica Beach, CA, Memorial Day, May 25, 2009
a beach dance was a mobile, public, community-based dance. I invited dancers and non-dancers from all walks of life to learn a simple phrase and join me for this guerilla-style performance. Performers were scattered along the shoreline for about 2 miles (from Rose Avenue to the SM pier). One dancer started dancing the phrase. She repeats it and another dancer joins her, then another and another. A dancing mob slowly accumulated as we progressed. My intent was to spread the joy of moving in a public space, reminding all that anyone and everyone can dance. It is designed to be permeable. The unexpected audience could choose to become a spontaneous addition to the dancing mob. Much to my delight, many of the beach-goers along our route spontaneously joined in: kids, lifeguards, people of all ages and abilities.