This class (and the parties we are going to host in the near future) are all about getting YOU prepared for the movement - whatever that might be. We don't teach you WHAT to move, but HOW and WHY to move.
For the introductory classes you must bring your own headphones and device that can play YouTube and/or Spotify. Music selections will be sent to you before the class so you can become familiar.
Outdoor classes at Tule Springs Park, indoor locations near the Container Park in DTLV. All dates, days and times TBA after Nov 1.
Emmet Brady will lead the class and the silent disco.
Send us an email to register for a class. We'll send you the details via email.
Bridge dancing has most certainly been practiced in some form or another since the very first bridges were constructed (it’s not hard to imagine people throughout history enjoying a moving moment on a bridge inspired by music or by their imagination). For example, Sur le Pont d'Avignon" (On The Bridge of Avignon) is a French song about a dance performed on the Pont d'Avignon bridge that dates back to the 15th century. Contemporary social media and stock imagery feature many images of people in striking poses on bridges across the world, especially in major urban areas, in natural settings and on bridges with striking vistas.. The famous movie “Dirty Dancing” features a famous scene where the young ingenue practices her dance steps on a bridge at a summer camp to the classic surfing tune “Wipeout.” Performing artists such as buskers, break dancers and flash mobbers have long utilized the open spaces of bridges to display their talents and to make public statements.
The exact number of bridgedancers nationally and internationally is yet to be determined, and currently no organizing bodies exist. (We are workng on that). Various Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube channels currently show people dancing on bridges in a wide variety of styles, ranging from amateur to trained performers and athletes. But this website will be the "home" of Bridgedancing.
Beginning in March 2020, a new iteration of Bridgedancing was born of necessity at the instantiation of the global COVID pandemic shutdown. According to founder Emmet Brady, he began Bridgedancing “as a way to get outside and breathe during a time when the whole world was holding its breath.” Brady began dancing on bridges in northern California, specifically at what is the “mothership bridge”: the Richards Blvd span over the Interstate 80 located near the University of California – Davis between San Francisco and Sacramento (20 minutes west of the the capital). Starting as a way to simply enjoy a sunset to music, Brady gradually added aspects of exercise, yoga, and performance art to the sessions. The interaction and positive response from viewing audiences – mostly motorists driving by, but also police, state troopers, firemen, EMT's, joggers, walkers, bikers, skateboarders and helicopter pilots – was what changed the daily events from personal to public. Brady came to see Bridgedancing as a way to engage and inspire a wider public audience, and to assume stewardship of the bridge during a time when public services were shutting down and the country was gripped in uncertainty and fear.
He has since performed on more than 40 bridges across the U.S. including, the Golden Gate Bridge, The Hoover Dam Bridge, and multiple bridges around Las Vegas (Caesar's Palace!) and across 4 states. After a more than a year-and-a-half and hundreds of Bridgedancing performances, Brady launched this webpage www.bridgedancing.com to create a platform to showcase his insights into how to optimize the experience, and to feature other Bridgedancers around the world.
We are just getting started as a global community so send us a message and let us know where you are in the world.
It's simple: Find a bridge. Be Safe. Have fun. Make it Your Own.
Block Party for The World began in 2017 and has gone through a fantastic evolution to become what it is today: an ongoing, multimedia, online and in-person celebration of the people and places ALIVE in the world today. Inspired by the ethos of block parties everywhere, the goal is to take the roadshow to the most interesting and vivacious places, throw a high-vibe, healthy party on a bridge and showcase live and online the best of what every place has to offer. Imagine Anthony Bourdain broadcasting from Burning Man, Mardis Gras and Las Vegas (rest his soul). All along there is a soundtrack: the music selected, played and performed by Eminent Bee. Each setlist can be used as a reference study guide on how to use music to transform the mind, the body, the spirit for everyone in a community. BPFTW includes the best food, drink and culture from any place there is a bridge, and enveryone can join in online no matter where they are in the whole, wide world (as stated by Forrest Gump)
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