Dance students perform ambush dance at ASUO Street Faire

Students from the Looking At Dance class performed a Butoh dance exercise Wednesday afternoon at the ASUO Street Faire.

A large group of students simultaneously started doing a performance in the middle of the street, and were met with applause from all the faire-goers.

Brad Garner, Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon teaches Looking At Dance, and tries to incorporate an emphasis on performance to give experience to his students.

“This class is probably 90% non-dance majors who don’t get a lot of opportunities to perform, so I try to give those opportunities as much as possible so the students get an idea of how it feels to dance in front of large groups of people.” He explained that Butoh dance, or “ambush performances” are ideal for his class, “I specifically choose Butoh dance exercises because it forces the students out of their comfort zone,” he said.

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