Taking performance and putting it to the human test is a challenge and SO MUCH FUN! Wonderbound’s Mixology is about the best $20 I have spent for a drop-in class in ages. Now, I am not a tried and true dancer. My years of movement include the pre-requisite southern girl tap, ballet and jazz (to teach me grace), and then some modern in college.
Wonderbound has taken my Tuesday nights and turned them into a dance party. Beginning at 6:30p and running for an hour, the instructor-led class runs through a variety of movements and physical expressions. The best part for me was the ability to giggle. In my head, I had these visions of graceful fluid form… and then the music starts, and the counting begins, and the beat pumps, and I am a flailing shamble. But, who cares? It is a room full of adults all looking to move, wiggle, jump and sashay across the dance floor. It is a room full of people living and enjoying the industrial open space of Junction Box. There were a couple of passerby who stopped to watch, but they were just jealous of the fun taking place inside!
I had meant to write about this upon my first experience and held back. I was being selfish not wanting too many people to know about this treasure…Wonderbound, you did it again – I am hooked and so happy. Now, on to this evening – let’s groove!
Mixology specifics: Price ranges from $16-20 pending upon the number purchased. Dates are most Tuesdays and Thursdays between now and the end of June. Location: Junction Box, 1075 Park Ave, West, Denver, CO 80205. Website: www.wonderbound.com
W. Celeste Davis Stragand: Published author, showcased artist and local Denverite, W. Celeste Davis Stragand is not new to the art world. Her passion for delving into the root of existence and movement will challenge and praise both choreographers and the audience. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Celeste holds two bachelor of arts degrees, one in Chemistry and the other in English. She is also a graduate of Naropa University holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A former national slam team poet, Celeste is a graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program and sits on the American Institute of Architects Colorado board. Her passion and enthusiasm for the kinetic arts will frolic and frenzy through the upcoming season of performances with many hopes for an encore!