Most of the Laguna Dance Festival is focused on professional performances and master classes, but festival artistic director Jodie Gates still found time to reach children with Dancing Hands on Wednesday.
The two-hour workshop, conceived from scratch by the former Joffrey Ballet star, blended movement and painting. It was held in the middle of the weeklong festival, which concludes Sunday.
About 30 grade school-age kids, mostly girls, attended Dancing Hands.
“They were very creative and energetic,” Gates said.
Each child picked his or her own favorite thing, from a daisy to chocolate, to which they assigned an interpretive dance move.