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by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mathias Galley performs a traditional Ghanaian piece called 'Kpanlongo.'The city of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission on Saturday treated the community to Ten Tiny Dances. The free, public event featured an array of dancers who represented modern, contemporary and traditional, ethnic dance forms.

This year’s performances included Northwest break dance, Korean fan dance, four styles of Native American dance, traditional Ghanaian dance and innovative contemporary dance, among other styles.

Attendees were encouraged to pick up a program, map and instructions at the Beaverton Farmers Market. Performances then began simultaneously on each of the five stages set up in the heart of the city and repeated every half hour.

Now in its fifth year, Ten Tiny Dances is designed to animate public spaces and raise the visibility of Beaverton’s ethnic diversity while guiding the audience to experience undiscovered spaces in Beaverton’s downtown core. Choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with the concept of Ten Tiny Dances in 2001. The idea was to present dance performances on a 4-foot by 4-foot stage, challenging the choreographers and dancers to use the limited space to fuel their creativity.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Zahra Banzi-Horn and Tere Mathern perform 'A Drift' at the Ten Tiny Dances event in downtown Beaverton on Saturday.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jen Hackworth performs 'Sit, Stand, Kneel' in front of the Beaverton City Library.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Def Con 5 performed 'Outer Limits' in a vacant lot in downtown Beaverton.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Natya Leela Dancers perform 'Epic' during the Ten Tiny Dances event.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Betty Stephens of the Dine Tribe performs 'The Dance.'by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Katrina O'Brien climbs a set of blocks as part of her performance.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ballet Folklorico performs 'The Traditional Huasteca Wedding.'