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Taking the stage

Ten Tiny Dances treat downtown visitors to creative performances


by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Luke Gutgsell and Eric Nordstrom perform in a vacant lot during the Ten Tiny Dances event in downtown Beaverton.The sixth annual Ten Tiny Dances cultural event returned to the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday.

Hosted by the Beaverton Arts Commission and the city, Ten Tiny Dances is free and features a variety of dancers, representing modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms performing simultaneously on five 4-foot-by-4-foot stages set up in different locations in downtown.

This year’s performers included Oluyinka Akinjiola, Mike Barber, Luke Gutgsell, Allie Hankins, duo Meshi Chavez and Joaquin Lopez, Ramya Raman, as well as Def Con 5, POV Dance, Portland Taiko and the Sundari Dance Company.

For the first time, the audience had an opportunity to meet the performers at an artist talk-back area, located under the oak tree in front of the Beaverton City Library following the final performance.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oluyinka Akinjiola performs 'Sojourners Truth' during the Ten Tiny Dances event in Beaverton Saturday.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Meshi Chavez and Joaquin Lopez perform a tale of avenging witches at sea in their rendition of 'La Bruja.'by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The POV Dance troupe, consisting of Mandy Cregan, Noel Plemmons and Rachael Lembo, abandoned the stage in favor of a stairwell to perform their untitled piece.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Members of Def Con 5 perform in downtown Beaverton as part of the Ten Tiny Dances event.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Members of Portland Taiko perform 'Iwai' at the Beaverton Farmers Market during the Ten Tiny Dances event.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Adriana Sarasvati and Alexis Reale perform a 'Sundari Dance' at the Ten Tiny Dance event in Beaverton.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Allie Hankins performs an anxiety-laced, introspective untitled piece.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ramya Raman performs 'Movements of Spring' during the Ten Tiny Dances event in downtown Beaverton.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mike Barber performs 'Horn,' in downtown Beaverton as part of the Ten Tiny Dances event he started six years ago.



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