And the outdoor fun just keeps coming.
Ballet Arkansas announced today it will host two weekends full of free performances and fitness classes at Argenta Plaza in May.
The series, titled Live at the Plaza, comes from a partnership with the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and will take place May 1-2 and 21-23. The hour-long classes and shows will include both classical and contemporary dance and will take advantage of the plaza's open space and water features.
Here's the rundown of events:
Program 1 - Features excerpts from the classical "Raymonda" suite, Hannah Bradshaw's "Solace," Paul Tillman's "Echo" and Alice Klock and Florian Lochner's (Flock) "Aperture." The evening finishes with a brand new work choreographed by Deanna Stanton, "Water Work," featuring the Argenta Plaza water wall.
Program 2 - Similarly, this features excerpts from the classical "Raymonda" suite, Paul Tillman's "Echo," Matthew Larson's "Satie," Yoshito Sakuraba's new work and Deanna Stanton's "Blind Trust," finishing with "Water Work."
Pilates at the Plaza - An invigorating start to the day filled with rejuvenating meditation, stretching and core work. Ideal for ages 12+.
Stretch & Strengthen - A cardio workout for all levels, blended with stretching designed to align the body and activate core muscle groups. Ideal for ages 10+. Multiple levels offered.
Jazz at the Plaza - An upbeat jazz class designed to delight the body and boost energy and metabolism. Ideal for ages 9+. Multiple levels offered.
Ballet on the Grounds - An introduction to the fundamentals of ballet in a stress-free environment. Perfect for beginners and adult dancers ages 12+.
Unbound: Improvisational Motion for Wellbeing - A class designed to reduce anxiety and improve mobilization, catered to those in need of deep relaxation and postural alignment. This class is ideal for those in high-stress jobs and for those seeking a clarifying emotional and physiological reset to the week. Ideal for ages 16+. Multiple formats offered.
Rise & Shine Silver - A class designed to engage and enrich seniors through providing a source of social interaction while introducing light stretching and strengthening exercises, plus activities to improve mobility, balance and cognitive function. Ideal for ages 60+.
Art Start - An introduction to creative movement and the fundamentals of dance for the whole family. Perfect for families with young children (ages 4-7), Art Start infuses the family structure with creativity and introduces new forms of expression.
Live at the Plaza is the troupe's latest endeavor to reimagine the performing arts in the midst of a global pandemic.
"Reaching diverse populations composed of both devoted and untapped audiences, Live at the Plaza has the potential to inspire a collective appreciation for the performing arts and for the Argenta Arts District," said Michael Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas’ executive and artistic director, adding the plaza will become an annual part of their dance programming.
Attendees are encouraged to practice safe social distancing measures and wear masks when unable to do so.