CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work is proud to partner with The City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department, Bellevue College, and Bellevue Arts Museum to offer the FREE Experience Dance Program! These free, fun, and no experience necessary dance classes serve as companion events to the CHOP SHOP dance festival, held February 15 & 16, 2020 at Meydenbauer Center Theatre. In addition to the fun of dancing with us, by participating in the Experience Dance Program you’ll receive a reduced price $5 ticket to the 2020 festival performance of your choice - stay tuned for the 2020 Experience Dance Program schedule announcement in late fall!

Two classes are offered as part of the program:

Reading Dance is your chance to engage directly with festival artists as they discuss the craft of choreography. Join dancers and choreographers as they demystify and reveal the creative process behind contemporary dances. Discover the type of movement language contemporary dance uses, learn different ways that dances are formed, and ask questions of the artists themselves. Reading Dance is open to all ages and abilities.

Introduction to Modern Dance is a fun dance technique class for those interested in learning basic modern dance movement vocabulary - no previous dance experience necessary! Teaching artists lead participants through a fun series of exercises that explore the type of movement presented at CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work. Introduction to Modern Dance is open to all over the age of 8 and all abilities. Please dress in comfortable clothing.

2019 Class Schedule, Locations & Registration Information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (6 - 8pm) Crossroads Community Center 16000 NE 10th Street Bellevue, WA 98008 425.452.4874 Map

6pm - 7pm: Reading Dance 7pm - 8pm: Introduction to Modern Dance

Register for the Experience Dance Program at Crossroads Community Center online at or by calling 425.452.6885.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (12n - 2pm) Bellevue College 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Building E - Stopgap Theater Bellevue, WA 98007 Map

12n - 1pm: Reading Dance 1pm - 2pm: Introduction to Modern Dance

Register for the Experience Dance Program at Bellevue College online at Eventbrite here.

Friday, February 1, 2019 (7pm - 8pm) Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Map

7pm - 8pm: Reading Dance

Register for the Experience Dance Program at Bellevue Arts Museum online at Eventbrite here. Note: Admission to Bellevue Arts Museum is offered free of charge on Friday, February 1 through the museum’s First Free Friday event!

Banner Photo: (L to R) Vanessa Owen, Mari Meade, and Eva Stone lead a pre-show Reading Dance lecture at CHOP SHOP 2018, photo by Bret Doss.