Swing, hip hop, belly dance, West African, tango, Bollywood, jazz, ballet . . . if you like to move, Gainesville is the place to dance. Scores of studios offer lessons for all ages and levels of interest, from the beginner to the experienced dancer. Want to mix your dance with exercise, try Zumba; with martial arts, try capoeira. For those wanting to dance, there are weekly gatherings at community centers and plenty of clubs. On the spiritual side, join in Five Rhythms Dance or Universal Dances of Peace.
For those seeking formal dance instruction Santa Fe College offers a dance program featuring a cutting edge diversity of techniques, including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Salsa, Contact Improvisation, and Composition. The premier performing company of Santa Fe College’s Dance Program is the nationally recognized Dance Theatre of Santa Fe. The University of Florida offers a BFA in dance, with an inclusive interpretation of contemporary dance as the organizing principle for studying choreography and performance, intercultural dance studies, dance and medicine, and dance theatre.
Pofahl Studios is the official school of Dance Alive National Ballet. The acclaimed company is Gainesville’s own professional ballet. Danscompany of Gainesville and Gainesville Ballet Theatre are community-based ballet companies.
Gainesville is a vibrant center for the cross-pollination of dance forms from around the world.
The full energy and diversity of dance can be experienced at the annual Swamp Dance Fest, featuring everything from Indian and African dance forms, to large scale outdoor improv. The month-long summer intensive is open to professional and pre-professional dancers 16 and older.
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?
–William Butler Yeats