ARENA Bikini Beach Baby

Fashion and dance will come together at the fifth annual ARENA Bikini Beach Baby, a benefit for ARENA Dances. As one of the few modern-dance companies in Minnesota, the nonprofit organization focuses on educational outreach while performing for two seasons a year in Minnesota and touring nationally. Matthew Janczewski, founder of ARENA Dances and director of tonight's event, says that he chose to do a beach-themed fundraiser because it's fun and sexy, just like modern dance. The event will feature a swimwear runway show with designs and styling by Emma Berg, Adrienne Yancy, Jay Anderson, Kelly Ver Duin, Anita Jensen, Nani Nalu, Drama, and Martin Patrick 3. "As the event has grown it's been really important to me to use local designers to highlight the talent we have in town," Janczewski says. "It kind of reminds me of Project Runway because the designers are given a theme and asked to create beachwear based on it. This year's theme is a vintage beach party—think Elvis Presley singing on a beach." In addition to the fashion, guests will enjoy a performance from ARENA Dances, a silent auction, and music by DJ Strangelove. "It's a party and it introduces modern dance to people who may not think that they will like it," he says. "People get to see great fashion created by local designers, and some great dancers." Visit www.arena-dances.org for more info. 21+. (Photo by Jake Armour)
Sat., March 24, 8 p.m.-midnight, 2012

 
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