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Magical Moves: Dance Film Festival

Dance Camera West presents a vibrant slate of shimmy-super cinema.



    Magical Moves: Dance Film Festival
    "Shift" by Bandaloop
    Dance Camera West presents a vibrant slate of shimmy-super cinema on June 11 and June 16-18, 2016, including a short celebrating a mountainside "vertical dance." (Pictured: "Shift" by Bandaloop)

    If the tango takes your mind to magical places, and ballet captivates your soul, and modern jazz embues you with a joyful outlook, you clearly need an excess of dance-based beauty in your world.

    But how to keep those vivacious vibes in tip-top form between International Dance Day, at the end of April, and National Dance Day, which boogies at the close of July?

    Why by going out dancing, of course, or shaking your stuff at home, for dance is always the answer to most any question (always).

    Another route, however, to getting your samba-sweet, hip-hop-ian fill of move-based performance? Attend the 15th Annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival.

    Yep, these are all dance films, and they're centered around interesting interpretations and traditional steps and nontraditional takes and flows that feel ultra-fresh. The five-day festival -- June 11 is day one, and June 16 through 18 follow -- is all about "(f)ostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe with over 35 films."

    "A History of Cuban Dance" is on the 2016 roster, as is "Shift" by Bandaloop, which is a mountain-based short celebrating vertical dance. Avant garde presentations, cool choreography, and story told through physical expression are all on the dance-tastic docket.

    If you've taken a dance class, and you've heard other students raving about a dance film or two, this could very likely be the festival they speak about. The cinema series, at a decade and a half along, has become one of the ultimate places to see global troupes and artists leap/spin/strut on the big screen.

    In what direction do you need to leap to see such stunning performances? UCLA's Royce Hall, MOCA, and the Fowler Museum. 

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