Free pop-up ballet set for Saturday afternoon downtown

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The Perry community is invited to a free performance of Stephanie Martinez’s ballet, “Kiss,” by Ballet Des Moines and the Para.Mar Dance Theatre at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 in the vacant lot at 1221 Willis Ave. just west of the Sinclair dinosaur.

With co-sponsors Al Éxito, Hispanics United for Perry and Los Laureles, this interactive performance will include hands-on demonstrations and excerpts from the ballet. Following the performance, children may participate in activities such as miniature pumpkin decorating with Perry Public Library and a Day of the Dead activity with Des Moines CultureAll.

Over the course of a five-week residency, award-winning choreographer Martinez and her Para.Mar dancers have inspired and engaged audiences of all ages across our region with their art, from skate parks to vacant lots to prosceniums, and now they are coming to Perry, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy this fun, interactive experience.

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