Dancing in the Park

KMG Creations Dance, Fitness, & Production, LLC will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary Dancing in the Park Community event Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the large pavilion at McKee Park in Starkville. First celebrated in 2010, first started the event to memorialize KMG Creations owner and dance instructor, Kayla Marie's sister and niece.

 This event promotes healthy living through dance and other forms of movement for all ages. Various Mississippi artists will incorporate various styles of dancing, including International dance performances. Dancing in the Park was created by KMG Creations owner Kayla Gilmore to memorialize her sister and niece, Alecia & Brandie Tyler-Gilmore. Alecia and Brandie lost their lives in an auto accident June 2007. They were Kayla’s greatest supporters throughout her career.  

There will be many performances from local groups to enjoy as well. Special guest performing is Montage Theatre of Dance! Montage Theatre of Dance is Hinds Community College’s premier dance group. Montage has performed all over the world! Such as 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Grand Ole Opry, Venice, Paris. Including artists such as Tito Jackson, B.B. King, Poppin Pete, Mr. Wiggles, and Chris Jones (from You Got Served). At this free family event for all ages, a free healthy lunch will be served (while supplies last). Mark the Chef (Mark Coblantz) will stop by to serve a special original tasty hotdog sauce!

This year will highlight disability awareness through the art of dance and music. There will be a disability awareness walk beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the McKee Park big pavilion. OCH Regional Medical Center Wellness Connection director Eddie Myles will kick off the disability awareness walk!

KMG Creations Dancing in the Park is currently a special project under the CREATE Foundation. Dance performances will begin sharply at 10:00 a.m. This event attracts over 300 attendees each year! Please come join the fun, bring your dancing shoes, blankets, LAWN CHAIRS and celebrate Starkville Dance Day 2019!

** Reunion/Meet & Greet at Central Station Grill Friday, July 26, 2019 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. This will be a time to meet all the performers of Dancing in the Park 2019! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The public invited to attend.

**Montage Theatre of Dance will host a general dance workshop Friday, July 26, 2019 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. at Starkville Sportsplex. $5.00 per person. All ages. Cash only! Come one, come all! Please wear dance or exercise attire.

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Upon it’s creation years ago the event just happened to coincide with the first National Dance Day and has been held that day annually ever since to join with dancers of every background across the nation to celebrate the creativity of dance. National Dance Day was created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge for the television series, So You Think You Can Dance, for the purpose of encouraging Americans to embrace dance as a fun way to maintain good health and fight obesity.

Dancing in the Park 2019 Line up:

9:00a.m.- Disability Awareness Walk led by Eddie Myles

10:15a.m. –Kayla Gilmore feat. Visual Artist Laurie Burton

10:30a.m.-God’s Movement Praise Dance Ministry

10:45a.m.- ACPA

11:00a.m.-Starkville/MSU Chinese School

11:30a.m-Cooking Demo with Mark the Chef

11:45a.m.-Montage Theatre of Dance (Special Guest)

12:30p.m- Mr. Lala Umbrella Grove Line dance

Awards and remarks