Minga! A family friendly event set for August 22nd and 23rd bringing South American movement, music and food to Newport!!
The Intuit Studio Dancers and Rachel Barreras-Kleemann are pleased to be hosting an exciting event on the evenings of August 22nd and 23rd at Newport’s Performing Arts Center. Intuit Studio’s Artistic Director, Barreras-Kleemann and Diana Teem of the Olalla Center for Children and Families have been collaborating to create a family friendly event which will include a full dinner catered by Coca Mocha Joe’s featuring Chile Verde with Pork, Vegetarian and Vegan Tamales, rice and beans and salsa, with lots of gluten free options. Following the dinner will be lively musical and dance performances by Inka Jam, a Portland based band, which explores Afro-Peruvian music as well as Funk and Jazz, Chayag en Familia a local performance group which brings traditional Andean Music and Folk dances to the stage as well as performances throughout the night by the Intuit Studio Dancers of Newport.
Minga! is going to be a wildly good time as well as a fundraising opportunity for the Olalla Center’s newest arts project. The Olalla Center’s Day Treatment Counselor, Ishah Roads-Pheltz and Barreras-Kleemann came up with the idea of establishing a dance and music program for the children of the Olalla Center earlier this year when they met at Oregon Coast Community College during Barreras-Kleemann’s Introduction to Ballet for Adults dance class. Dance and movement classes provide not only physical health benefits for youth and adults but there is evidence that correlates that dance and movement and music classes can actually heal and establish new pathways in the cerebellum of people suffering from behavioral disorders including but not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Olalla Center, which has been helping families and children in Lincoln County since 1978, has been able to offer not only traditional therapies and education for the youth they work with, but they also have a number of ongoing projects such as an Equine Program and a Nature Program that offer positive alternative therapeutic benefits to the children that they serve throughout Lincoln County.
Minga! has already received a lot of local support, including financial sponsorship from US Bank, and other local businesses: Local Oceans and Health Haven, who have graciously donated to help the event come to fruition. This event will hopefully be the first of many of performances of this kind as Teem of Olalla Center and Barreras-Kleemann intend to keep this new program at the Olalla Center up and running long into the future and will welcome other dancers and musicians to work with the children and families of this community, bringing not only joy and self expression, but also healing to the most vulnerable of our community, our youth. So bring your family and friends out for an evening of food and dance and music for a wildly good time for a wonderful cause!