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‘On Move’ dancing Friday for children

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The second annual Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration of Salt Lake City will continue Friday, giving local children a chance to see Mayor Rocky Anderson make some dance moves at the Capitol Theater.

The mayor will make a brief appearance on stage and in costume at Friday's 1:30 p.m. "On the Move" performance by the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

In the audience will be some 1,600 children who are part of Anderson's touted YouthCity program.

"The mayor has such a passion for kids that he's not afraid to get up on stage and do things that might seem silly to other elected officials," Anderson's spokesman Josh Ewing said. "He's had a remarkable commitment to improve youth programs and whenever he has an opportunity to interact with the young people and show them how important they are to him and to the city."

Salt Lake City is one of only six cities nationally that have been designated as an imagination celebration site by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, one of the nation's pre-eminent arts-education organizations.

The imagination celebration is administered by Global Artways, which is YouthCity's art-education program.

In the coming months there will be other events coming to Salt Lake City as part of the imagination celebration:

The Kennedy Center's Production of "Harlem" Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall.

Spirit of the Pacific Performance Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre.

Kevin Locke, American Indian flutist and hoop dancer — performance, March 22, 2 p.m. at the new downtown library branch.

Children's Opera Showcase, April 11, 6 p.m. at Utah Symphony & Opera Black Box Theatre.

LocoMotion International Film Festival, April 26, TBA, at the new downtown library branch.

Crayola Dream-Maker's Exhibit — opening reception and workshops, May 2, 6:30 p.m., at the new downtown library.


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