Freestyle Friday dance events at Johnson Park open to all

Put on your dancing shoes and relax on Freestyle Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25 at Johnson Park Pavilion, 230 Avenue J in Marble Falls. The free dance event is organized by Academy of Arts Reclaim and is open to the public.

The event offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to try out new dance moves, show off their skills and meet new people, said Stefany Nelson, event organizer.

“It’s open to everyone because we all have emotions inside of us that we want to express, and you don’t have to do crazy dance moves to get that out of your body,” Nelson said. “I want to give people a chance to sign up and not worry about an expensive dance class that they have to take every week and sign up for.”

Nelson is a professor of hip-hop at Reclaim Arts Academy, a ministry of arts and worship founded by First Baptist Church in Marble Falls.

While free movement is the main focus of the event, Nelson will be on hand to teach participants some basic dance steps. Participants must wear sports shoes and clothing that is both mobile and breathable. Nelson also suggests bringing water.

Nelson plans to run Freestyle Fridays once a month throughout the summer, noting that attending this month’s event will help him determine how many people want to participate. She hopes to encourage community participation and connections through these events.

“Especially in Marble Falls, people say they can’t dance,” Nelson said. “But are you moving? do you like music? Do you move when you listen to the music you love? If you say yes, it’s dance.

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