The Memphis Dance Festival & Kids Expo, presented by Incredible Pizza, is designed to get kids moving towards a healthier and more active lifestyle through dance.
The free event is on tap for Aug.18 at Robert R. Church Park (Beale Street and Fourth St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The fun starts as the Memphis Dance Festival introduces kids and teens to myriad dance styles, including ballroom, jazz, African, salsa, contemporary, liturgical, hip-hop, ballet, belly dance and more. Dance companies, studios, groups and teams from throughout the Mid-South and surrounding areas will participate.
Kid-friendly zumba demonstrations and the festival's Line Dance Party will give attendees a chance to dance and the opportunity to learn the latest and hottest dance moves while showing how getting in shape can be fun.
"It is our desire for children to understand at an early age the importance of being active and what better way to do so than using an activity they all love, dancing," said Tony Crowder, marketing director for Incredible Pizza.
The Dance Festival line up features dance studios and groups that are passionate about the art of dance and kids.
"This is a great opportunity for us to come outside of the four walls of our studio and pour into the lives of the children in Memphis," said Dewayne Hambrick, founder and artistic director of Graffiti Playground.
The lineup of festival performers includes TMH Dance, Colonial Middle CAPA Dance Department, Grafitti Playground, Subculture Royalty, Robert R. Church Elementary Dance Program, Studio B, Camp Industry, Divas of Olive Branch, Storm Gymnastics, E-xtreme Cheer & Dance, House of Talent, N-Spire and Gravity O.
The Memphis Kids Expo will feature non-stop interactive fun and entertainment for kids of all ages, as well as valuable information for parents. Back packs and school supplies will be given away to the first 100 attendees. The Pink Palace Museum, Incredible Pizza, Jabber Blabber and other sponsoring entities will provide give-aways, information and coupons. The Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth program and other city and county programs geared to help families and youth also will distribute information.
"It is important for parents to be aware of all the resources that are available to them and we are planning to make those resources available at this event," said Bernal E. Smith III, President / Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, a sponsor.