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Dance at Noon: Sideways Contemporary Dance Company 

When: Fri., June 4, 12 p.m. 2010
Price: $16/adults, $13/seniors and students
www.piccolospoleto.com

A professional company from Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 2006 to inspire change and present social and political opinion through dance. Filled with stunning contemporary dance and spoken word, COEXIST explores social themes that engage audiences and question perspectives. Part of Piccolo Spoleto Festival's Dance at Noon Series.

A troupe of dancing politicos
Sideways Dance Company expresses social and political opinions through a mix of contemporary, jazz, and ballroom movements — imagine if Joe Riley danced his State of the City speech. This Atlanta-based not-for-profit troupe will bring its powerful message to Charleston as part of Piccolo Spoleto's Dance at Noon series. So, before heading to a downtown eatery for lunch, satisfy your artistic appetite with a performance of Sideways' latest hit, Coexist.

So you think you can dance? Mia Michaels, a judge on the hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance has given Sideways her winning vote. Her high praise extended past words; after witnessing the stunning choreography of Sideways' founder Charlotte Foster and the dazzling performance of the troupe, she was inspired to create a new piece of her own. The acclaim doesn't stop there: J.Lo's ex, dancer Cris Judd, is an outspoken fan of the troupe. So are dance world heavyweights Steve Rooks and Wendy Perron.

Learning to Coexist Coexist, the original work, which premiered in June 2009, "examines the interdependent web of human existence and the multifacets of humanity" says Foster. While the subject matter sounds heavy, Foster says this show is appropriate for all ages. From her stunning choreography to the spoken word of artist LadyVee DaPoet, who performs her poetry live alongside the dancers, Coexist should appeal to a wide audience.

— Maggie Winterfeldt

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