Normally, we dont endorse auditions. As 30 Rock reminded us recently, they can easily manifest as parades of human misery and you can just go to the gym or watch CNN for that, or do both at the same time. See, that isnt what we want you doing. Instead, wed direct you to an event made up of devastatingly talented, brutally rehearsed, and divinely costumed sprites performing the traditional dances of everywhere. At the Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions, in fact, its more like a parade of human ingenuity. All told, 136 dance companies from Northern California show up for these tryouts, and because the festival itself is such a big deal (it was written up in The New York Times last year), you'd better believe all the competitors are doing their best. Some styles youve heard of: rumba, flamenco, breakdancing, Bharatanatyam if youre cool. Some you have not: Uzbek khorezm, Andean huayño, Mongolian bowl dancing. Then theres hula cant forget the hula. Admission covers all day, with ins and outs.
Jan. 23-24, 10 a.m., 2010