Who were all those colorful, dancing people on West Colorado Avenue the evening of Oct. 10?
The dancers also gathered before and after the avenue happening for dancing-related activities in the park, which had been rented for the occasion and was temporarily barricaded for that purpose. In all, the event lasted about three hours.
The Dance Mile was open to anyone paying between about $20 and $35 a person (depending on how early the registration was), and each was given a bib to wear. Other types of dress-up, such as tutus, necklaces, hats, masks, scarves and face paint, were optional.
The concept originated with arts supporters in Portland, Maine in 2014. As stated on the Dance Mile website, “This event is all about fun, dancing, and celebrating the CITY YOU LIVE IN! The Dance Mile is here to make the world more fun.”
Proceeds from the Old Colorado City event will go to two national nonprofits, as identified on the Dance Mile website. These are Dizzy Feet Foundation, which supports dance education; and the Life Is Good Foundation, which emphasizes optimism in supporting professionals working with hard-luck children.
Colorado Springs was one of four Dance Mile cities this year. The others were Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland, Maine.
This was the second year for a Dance Mile in the Springs. In October 2014, it occurred in the downtown.
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