If you're into kayaks, canoes, what have you, and you think that the idea of a boat dance sounds interesting, then consider signing up for an event that really is like nothing else around. Due to the ongoing dredging of the Buffalo River, this year's boat dancing event has been relocated to Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake) in Delaware Park. The Great Niagara is teaming up with the Fluid Culture series in order to grow the event and stylize it. After all, this is not just an impromptu gathering of kayakers - it is an orchestrated effort of boating enthusiasts who take an interested in creating artistic movements out on the water.
From co-organizer Matthew Nagowski:
Calling all paddlers! As part of the University at Buffalo's Fluid Culture series, the organizers of the Great Niagara Boat Dance are actively seeking canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels to participate in a boat dance scheduled for Hoyt Lake on the evening of Saturday, May 12th.
Interested participants can sign up at boatdance.com.
What is a boat dance, you ask? Imagine synchronized swimming or a marching band. Now think of our (non-motorized) boats on the water. We are working with choreographer Gerald Trentham, to develop the moves appropriate to our small vessels and skills and to combine them into a dance. We'll be choreographed to music, and with a performance at dusk, it will be light enough to see, but dark enough to add some romance to the air.
The dance has been rescheduled from last October (with the change of location from the Buffalo River to Hoyt Lake) due to the ongoing dredging that has been occurring in the Buffalo River.
Minimal time commitment is required.
Practices to be held on April 22nd (3PM), May 6th (3PM), and May 10th (6PM) on Hoyt Lake (Delaware Park) before our final performance on May 12th. All interested paddlers should sign-up on our mailing list at boatdance.com for additional information.
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