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Butterflies, Rainbows, Pineapples and More at Global Dance Festival

Butterflies, Rainbows, Pineapples and More at Global Dance Festival
Mauricio Rocha
Fashion can allow your imagination to run wild, as evidenced by the crowds at Global Dance Festival at Mile High Stadium in late July. We spotted many different tribes of ravers, decked out to celebrate themes ranging from Super Mario Bros. to Mexico to butterflies; some opted to wear just their underwear or go naked under a splash of body paint. But no matter what they wore (or didn't), they all displayed undeniable creativity and enthusiasm for the hard-hitting music.
click to enlarge Students Jessica Dudley, Alyssa Dudley and Ashley Howery spread their wings as butterflies at Global Dance Festival. - MAURICIO ROCHA
Students Jessica Dudley, Alyssa Dudley and Ashley Howery spread their wings as butterflies at Global Dance Festival.
Mauricio Rocha
A trio of butterflies traveled to Denver from the Midwest for the fest. Ashley Howery accessorized her outfit with gems and jewels around her eyes; she also wore kaleidoscope glasses that turn what you see into a wonderland. Kaleidoscope glasses were definitely on trend at the festival.

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    Howery completed her look with a bunch of candy bracelets, the go-to accessory for any true raver.

click to enlarge Jennifer Stallcup and Éder Estudillo represented their Texas hospitality with a pineapple totem. - MAURICIO ROCHA
Jennifer Stallcup and Éder Estudillo represented their Texas hospitality with a pineapple totem.
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Jennifer Stallcup and Éder Estudillo came to the festival from Dallas. Estudillo works in sales, and Stallcup is an emergency management specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  We stopped to chat with Stallcup about their look.

Westword: Who or what inspired your outfits?


Jennifer Stallcup: His inspiration for his outfit and fashion for the festival was pineapples and Borgore. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, and that's what we do in Texas.

Who was your favorite musician to see at Global Dance Festival?

Our favorite music act was Illenium.

click to enlarge Estudillo wears an armful of candy bracelets and carried a  light-up pineapple totem pole. - MAURICIO ROCHA
Estudillo wears an armful of candy bracelets and carried a light-up pineapple totem pole.
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What was your favorite part of the festival?

His favorite part of the festival was meeting up with friends from last year's festival, making new friends and bringing me to my first festival. My favorite part was experiencing my first festival — everything from the music [to the] atmosphere and the people.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I met some amazing people and cannot wait to go back next year!

Keep reading for more looks at Global Dance.


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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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