Register to Vote and Get Down on the Dance Floor
When you think “doing your civic duty,” your next thought probably isn’t “getting down to some Michael Jackson.” But this week, a collective of St. Louis artists and dancers is joining forces to remind you to get out to the polls the only way they know how: by turning up the music and getting Missourians moving for Dance the Vote.
On Oct. 6—that’s just four days before Missouri’s Oct. 10 voter-registration deadline—a consortium of the city’s best dance companies, choreographers, performers and artists of all kinds are gathering at the Museum History Museum to celebrate, explore, and promote the rites of our democracy—and have a little fun doing it.
At 1 p.m., attendees are invited to meet on the steps of the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd.) to learn the steps to a few community dance piece, set to (no, we weren’t kidding) the music of Michael Jackson—no dance experience or skill required.
And at 2 p.m., the party will move inside the museum’s MacDermott Grand Hall for a free event designed to get you excited to cast your ballot—and just maybe move you to appreciate your right to vote in a way you might not have fully felt before. The dancers will perform a diverse program inspired by themes of the voting experience, voting rights, voter suppression and much more. They’ll be joined by spoken-word artists, poets and singers from across the metro area, making this a performance to remember and a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of some of our region’s best dance talent for free.
Oh, and of course, there will be voter registration all day if you haven’t had a chance to get yourself signed up yet. And there’s even free ice cream to sweeten the deal.
Here’s the performers who have been announced so far, with more to come at the event:
Ashleyliane Dance Company
Better Family Life
Beyond Measure Dance Theater
Imagine Dance Project
Karlovsky and Company Dance Company
KYPE-Kuumba Youth Performance Ensemble
Sahara “Sista Sols” Scott
SkyStone Contemporary Ballet
Susan Spit-Fire Lively
Washington University Dance Theater
Featured image courtesy of Nadim Marrikh. Additional image courtesy of Annie Bolin.