Two pop-up dance events this weekend in Downtown Nashua

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Great American Downtown is pleased to announce two dance events happening this weekend in Downtown Nashua. 

Lead With Arts is organizing a Pop-Up Dance performance in conjunction with our Saturday Sidewalk Sessions, and another one at our Nashua Farmers Market on Sunday.

“Pop-Up Dance is a casual and joyous way to share the craft of dance with the state of New Hampshire,” said Amanda Whitworth, founder of Lead With Arts. “The project sheds light on the cultural and performative movement traditions of diverse dancers who live, work and play here. The arts, in collaboration with business and community are unique economic drivers that showcase our state’s tremendous assets.”

The Pop-Up Dance series is at once a placemaking project and cultural tourism campaign, making visible professional dance and the dancers that are often under-represented or inaccessible to broad audiences. Spontaneous and playful, these tiny dances are meant to be taken in as community members shop, stop and explore the markets, towns and public spaces nearby.

The dances are literally “tiny” – they exist as solos and duets for small spaces and showcase dance genres from hip-hop to contemporary and cultural dance. Similarly, this project builds urban-rural exchange by bringing performances into the streets, fields and communities of rural and suburban neighbors, breaking free of traditional stage venues.

“I hope Pop-Up Dance will bring visibility to New Hampshire dance as well as our markets, downtowns and green spaces,” Whitworth said.  

Lead With Arts is a multifaceted endeavor, with the goal of giving visibility to the arts, as well as healing and socioeconomic impact on the Granite State. Read about all the incredible inroads into using the arts to promote and grow our state, by reading Whitworth’s details HERE.

Amanda Whitworth, founder of Lead With Arts.


What: Saturday Sidewalk Sessions

Who: Lead With Arts’ Pop-Up Dance event with live music by Alex Minasian Trio 

When: 2:30–3:30 pm Saturday, June 26

Where: Bicentennial Park, Main Street bridge


What: Nashua Farmers Market

Who: Lead With Arts’ Pop-Up Dance event

When: 11 am–noon Sunday, June 27

Where: Elm Street parking lot behind Nashua City Hall, 229 Main Street

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