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The city of Eugene has lined up lots of family-friendly dance happenings as part of its EUGfun festival in August.

Look for the Sunday Jams DJ Dance Party Aug. 2 at University Park, and Aug. 16 and Aug. 30 at Cal Young Park; both events are free and run 3 to 6:30 pm. EUGfun also offers three free performances on the Hult Center plaza stage: Def Con 5, a Portland-based hip-hop crew, Aug. 6; Danceability International, Aug. 20; and The Embodiment Project — Chalk Outlines, a San Francisco group that combines high-energy street dance, live song, “choreopoetry” and theater, Aug. 27.

All EUGfun Hult Center plaza dance performances run from 5:30 to 6:15 pm; free.

Check out the latest installment of #instaballet 5 to 8 pm Friday, Aug. 7, at Oregon Contemporary Theatre (194 W. Broadway). Watch as Eugene Ballet Company dancers make a ballet on the spot. “Audience members get to suggest steps (feel free to get inventive and a little crazy) to create a ballet to be performed at 8 pm,” says Suzanne Haag, #instaballet dancer and cofounder. “Stop by anytime during the First Friday ArtWalk,” Haag says. Also enjoy the dance photography gallery by EBC dancer Antonio Anacan and refreshments from Claim 52 Brewing; free.

Gear up for the next Dance in Dialogue (DiD) 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Friends Meeting House (2274 Onyx St.); $5 suggested donation. “Dance in Dialogue intends to inspire the making and discussion of new work, and to invigorate the contemporary dance culture in Eugene by providing a forum for artists to present innovative works-in-progress in a process-oriented setting with audience feedback,” DiD co-director Shannon Mockli says. “Encouraging experimentation and collaboration to create meaningful exchanges between artists and the broader community, DiD includes emerging and seasoned choreographers, cross-disciplinary endeavors and movement-based processes from art disciplines outside of dance.”

The Northwest Screendance Exposition is slated Oct. 6 for the Bijou Art Cinemas (492 E. 13th Ave.) and is accepting entries for the dance film fest. Please write to John Watson for more info at

In studio news, the USA Dance Club of Eugene/Springfield offers ongoing social and partnering classes, as well as open dancing, for beginning to experienced movers at the Vet’s Club (1626 Willamette Street). Find more info at

Looking for classes for kids and adults in the Bethel/Danebo neighborhood? “The Petersen Barn Community Center (870 Berntzen Road; 682-5521) has become our biggest dance-focused center,” says Raychel Kolen with the city of Eugene. “And they often have cool dance happenings, especially for families.”

And Oregon Ballet Academy has signed a 10-year lease on spiffy new digs at 3400 W. 11th Ave. and will celebrate with a grand opening 5 to 7 pm on Friday, Aug. 14. “Oregon Ballet Academy’s new facility boasts three large studios with sprung floors and lots of natural light,” says Megan Murphy, OBA’s administrative director. “Students enrolled in the fall semester will be invited to participate in the productions of Hansel and Gretel Ballet and Snow White and the Seven Dancing Dwarfs. In addition to a full schedule of ballet and pointe, tap, improvisation, ballroom and pilates, OBA offers an all-boys ballet class for boys ages 9-18 free of charge.” More info at

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