Mary Wohl Haan takes dance to the streets

Boulder dancer/choreographer and free spirit Mary Wohl Haan began dancing in the street, literally, last Friday morning at 10 a.m. in Boulder in the "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" spirit for the entire month of October. It's part of her HAAN Dances: 10 @ 10 campaign, for which Haan plans to dance for ten minutes at 10 a.m. every day in October. You can catch her speedy solos, inspired by a Canadian dancer's similar 30/30 turn in New York City this summer, on the 1300 block of Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, in front of the courthouse.

"I have been looking for an opportunity to dance outside for a number of months now," Haan writes of her decision to gracefully gyrate in public on a regular basis. "I wanted to do something that I felt was manageable, thoughtful, not too obtrusive, yet in the spirit of community and fun to pique some interest." It's a risk, she concedes, but she adds that she's doing it as much for herself as she is for others.

Her first go on the mall went fine, even exhilaratingly, for her, though people seemed a little bit in the dark about what was going on. "As I've gotten older it's gotten easier to do this kind of thing," she says. "And it's always fun to get someone's eye." As things progress, she might invite others to join her. Haan hopes to document the cycle in an online diary and asks people to snap photos or post video to YouTube; she'll try to put those up on her website, as well.

Here is Mary at work on Saturday:

It's a delicate dance. Watch Show and Tell for updates.

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