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2020 Blue Ribbon Children's Festival
The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, designed specifically for fifth grade students, is an annual admission-free program at The Music Center. Students experience a live professional performance at a world-class performing arts center, then gather together to perform a short choreographed dance inspired by the production.
The 2020 Children's Festival dates are March 24, 25 and 26. Celebrating the uniquely American art form of tap dance, Dorrance Dance highlights what is most thrilling, brilliant, and beautiful about tap dancing – that it is, at once, movement and music. The registration link will be available by late September and reservations are accepted on a first come first serve basis. There are six performances available over the three-day festival; one at 9:45 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. each day.
The Children’s Festival is sponsored by The Blue Ribbon, a support organization of The Music Center, founded in 1968 by Dorothy Buffum Chandler. The festival began in 1970 as part of The Music Center’s commitment to engage young people in the arts and is one of California’s longest ongoing free arts education programs. More than 800,000 children have participated in the festival since its inception, and, for many, the festival is their first experience at a professional live performing arts event. The chairs for the 2020 festival are Elizabeth Kim and Miren Ciganda-Apaolaza.
Click here to download the 2020 Blue Ribbon Children's Festival curriculum.
Dance Sequence for the 2020 Festival
View the dance sequence below for the 2020 Blue Ribbon Children's Festival.
Full dance (front): https://youtu.be/UHRnQ-e23HQ
Full dance (reverse): https://youtu.be/yAyUf3EePBU
Pattern #1 (front): https://youtu.be/ECcWoQgMdw8
Pattern #1 (reverse): https://youtu.be/dAzTYsQMuXg
Pattern #2 (front): https://youtu.be/ru5r-ASUdDo
Pattern #2 (reverse): https://youtu.be/pQu7G03BRXs
Pattern #3 (front): https://youtu.be/PPuRX0GL5xg
Pattern #3 (reverse): https://youtu.be/rl57sFbuzqw
Pattern #4 (front): https://youtu.be/cIlidfi588s
Pattern #4 (reverse): https://youtu.be/NaxIJqABXY0
Pattern #5 (front): https://youtu.be/bir3cd89NBw
Pattern #5 (reverse): https://youtu.be/PMZIB2QLf9w
Pattern #6 (front): https://youtu.be/3KjzkGnDKhw
Pattern #6 (reverse): https://youtu.be/ZSlJPra_Lns
Pattern #7 (front): https://youtu.be/dQ88sE_Gq5M
Pattern #7 (reverse): https://youtu.be/_pzY1OqcHAc
Pattern #8 (front): https://youtu.be/EX3e5XozgoU
Pattern #8 (reverse): https://youtu.be/5TJn6yp2iIA
Full dance (adapted to a chair): https://youtu.be/AdTE50AJIRE
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The Blue Ribbon Members
Thanks to a generous gift from Blue Ribbon member Maxine Dunitz, each participating student receives a copy of A Journey Through The Music Center, a book that introduces the four theatres of The Music Center and the performing arts presented in each venue. The book also includes profiles of performers and behind-the-scenes staff, as well as vocabulary and Fun Facts.
THANK YOU FROM THE KIDS