WHAT'S IT LIKE?
"Alana is a gem to work with and her work is a gem. Alana’s Park Dancing projects are informed by a profound respect for how individuals can actively participate in the building of community. An opportunity to dance with Alana is an opportunity to feed your soul, nurture relationships and affirm the truth that we are all better off for the strength and beauty we find in unity."
"Making dances with Alana is as satisfying and nourishing as the freshest, most lovingly prepared meal. She supports the dancer in all of us through her deep understanding of dance as a necessary and natural part of life. I'm grateful to Alana for opening the door for me as an older dancer with physical limitations who still wants to move."
Debby Rosan, Ardmore, PA
Olivia Gay, Calais, VT
“Alana was so warm and made us feel comfortable.
The movements were relaxing and accessible.”
“Park dancing is a joy because I get to play with movement, in the moment, inspired by the sights and sounds around me, and shaped by the people who are dancing with me!”
Karen Litzinger, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring Bloom (on Zoom) Participant
Sarah Schlechter, Bala Cynwyd, PA
“Thanks, Alana! I hope there will be more opportunities to dance with you in the future. Go team!”
“Thanks so much, Alana! What fun we had - you were amazing throughout!”
“Under your wonderful guidance we really pulled off a fun flash mob.”
"I love having the space to play."
"The space between us creates the movement!"
"This experience was such a gift."
"My body feels new to me!"
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Fall 2018
5-Week Workshop, Spring 2021
A BRIEF HISTORY
Park Dancing began in 2013 in a small, idyllic park located in Ardmore, PA, near Philadelphia. It was a venture/adventure driven by the desire to build community and make dance available to everyone, regardless of skill-level or age, and as participant in roles of either dancer or witness, in the artfully designed Linwood Park.
Nearly four years of site-specific dance concerts and improvisational happenings were presented as public art and community building events. The memories are so very fond and the friendships made still persist across lands. Thank you to Friends of Linwood Park for constant support and enthusiasm. May we dance there again some day!