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Yoga, dance event coming to West End Park

For the first time since West End Park was renovated, a gathering will be held on May 22.

The event, (RE)TRACING, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will is part of a new dance film series produced by Toree Benson and Nicholas Cooper, who created the (Re)Invigorate series.

“We are very excited to be partnering once again with the Alliance,” Cooper said. “This past year has been extremely difficult. With this project, we felt the need to address both the effects of isolation, as well as the hope we have for the future. (RE)TRACING was created for the purpose of illuminating our communal experience of the pandemic and we hope you are able to take something away from it.”

The gathering will be at the 13th Street District West End Park in front of the new shelter by the futsal courts. It will start with yoga led by Heidi Draisey and Hilary Powell. At 9:30 a.m., dance classes and performances will begin, featuring music by Austin Chadderdon.

The event is free and is open to everyone age 14 and older. Children aged 10 to 13 can participate with a guardian. Donations will be accepted and will go to the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance. Attendees are asked to bring a yoga mat or towel and masks are recommended.

“We are excited to gather together for the first time in the newly-renovated West End Park,” Arts & Culture Alliance Director Amber Danielson said. “This event is focused on coming together and to provide restoration and recovery as we navigate the current times. It is our pleasure to partner again with the talented Nicholas Cooper and Toree Benson to offer the community this unique experience through movement, dance and live performances.”

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