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Kelly Strayhorn Theater

July 12
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Summer is all about getting out and getting active. City families craving some beach-themed fun should head to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty this weekend for their Let’s Move! Family Dance Party.

The family fun-under-the-sun day features music, crafts and cool summer treats for toddlers, teens and families. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to create a healthier generation of youth, the festive dance party invites families to enjoy active and healthy experiences that are also easy and fun, and that can be incorporated into daily life.

The welcoming beach-inspired party will keep you moving, active and fit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with dance floor games such as limbo and hopscotch, an interactive photo booth and art and craft activities led by Assemble. Get moving as you dance to kid-friendly music spun by DJ SMI. Joining him will be emcee Lauren Bethea, helping to inspire and encourage the crowds to dance, move and sing along.

Ready to cool down? Enjoy tasty summertime treats with KST partner, Dream Cream Ice Cream, a nonprofit based in Downtown Pittsburgh. Peruse a variety of flavors that represent a specific “dream,” as you help pick which charity you’d like to support through your ice cream choice.

The KST’s third Let’s Move! Family Dance Party since launching the program in 2013, the event is part of the theater’s ongoing East Liberty LIVE! series, which offers vibrant and affordable summer arts programming, including dance, music and film events, along with creative activities and innovative arts experiences, for audiences who live, work and play in the East End.

Each family attending will receive a special Hawaiian lei to get the dance party started. In keeping with the theater’s mission to provide accessible community-based programming, admission to the Let’s Move! Family Dance Party is pay-what-you-can.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...