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MixMatch Dance Festival Returns To Santa Monica Tonight Through Sunday:

The 7th Annual MixMatch Dance Festival returns to Santa Monica with five shows today through Sunday. The festival kicks off with its first show tonight at 7:30 pm at the Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Boulevard.

Presented by Hart Pulse Dance Company, the festival is bringing more than 70 dancers in hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, tribal, contemporary, jazz, belly and more.

Participating choreographers will gather from Southern California and across the United States for the shows.

Each performance holds a different line-up for less than the price of a movie ticket ($15), allowing anyone the opportunity to see one of Los Angeles most diverse and valued dance festivals.  

Seven years ago, dancers Amanda Hart and Sandra Rasor thought to bring a few different choreographers together for an intimate evening of mixed dance at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

From opening night on, they realized that providing such diversity to curious audience members was a must and should be continued on an annual basis.

Today, Hart Pulse Dance Company (directed by Hart) produces and presents festival at the end of every summer.  

A few things have changed including a move to The Miles Playhouse, which will allow for more audience parking, a slightly larger venue, more dressing room space for dancers, and a more complex bill of works.

The performance line-up originally started as one show, performed three evenings with roughly 10 companies/artists. This year it has grown drastically to what is now five completely different shows with more than 70 works and 50 companies/artists presenting works in more than eight styles of dance.

Hart said the festival’s goal remains constant: provide locals with a diverse platform of dance for the price of a movie ticket.

“By presenting such an impressive spread for the affordable, relatable price of a movie ticket, HPDC hopes to change the stigma that art/dance is only easily accessible to those of a certain income bracket,” Hart said. “Everyone who wants to see dance can and should. All audiences are guaranteed to leave the theater loving something they saw. And we haven’t been wrong yet!”

For tickets or more information, visit hartpulsedance.com.

Thursday 7:30 pm:

Kinetic Dance Company

Anthony Languren

Molly Mattei

Lisa D. Long

Gina Southern

LoaDanceTheater

Hart Pulse Dance Company

Katie Jane Hagen

Merge Dance Theatre

Noelle Andressen

Pony Box Dance Theatre

Maha and Company

Nevada Repertory Dance Theater

Friday 7:30 pm:

LA Unbound

The Recipe Men

Alaina Sims

Hart Pulse Dance Company

Anne C. Moore

Katie Jane Hagen

RED Dance

Merge Dance Theatre

OdDancity

Reflections Dance

Dorcas Roman Dance Theatre

Watson Dance

Nebula Dance Lab

Anandha Ray’s Quimera Project

Troupe Zaghareet

Saturday 2 pm:

Dance Goggles

ArtBark International

Hart Pulse Dance Company

Reject Dance Theater

OPUS MIXTUS Dance

Compass Dance Company

Amaterasu Dance Company

Kistina Pressler

The Union Project Dance Company

INKED Dance

LA Unbound

Lucrecia Navarro & Kristie Lauren

Megill & Company

Saturday 7:30 pm:

Ken A. Morris

Nicole L. Olson

Anandha Ray’s Quimera Project

Hart Pulse Dance Company

ArtBark International

Ballet Collective/LA

Rubans Rouges Dance Company

Anthony Languren

Reflections Dance

Ashley L. Jones

Watson Dance

GoboBoots Productions

Axxiom Dance Collective

Hidden Entropy Movement Project

Sunday 2 pm:

Reject Dance Theatre

Fuse Modern Dance Co.

Brittany Dugi-Turner

Hart Pulse Dance Company

OdDancity

Rubans Rouges Dance Company

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre

Elenna C. Derkach

Maha and Company

Lexi Stilianos

Chihiro Kodama

Nicole L. Olson

Leverage Dance

Megill & Company

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