Weekend festival highlights 60 ways to move

Colors, movement and music unite!

This weekend, Hart Pulse Dance’s 8th annual MixMatch Dance Festival shakes things up with more than 60 dances in styles as diverse as hip-hop, ballet, tribal, tap, modern, jazz and mashups of the various genres.

“It starts a conversation about dance and what you do or don’t like. It’s a really laid-back atmosphere also. Everybody’s welcome,” says Hart Pulse’s Amanda Hart, a seasoned choreographer who promises a diversity of performance by carefully selected professionals.

“We bring all different styles of dances together, but we don’t accept everybody [into the show]. Dancers go through an acceptance process,” Hart says.

Four shows highlight different performance troupes, including Kaleidoscope Dance, OdDancity, Nebula Dance Lab and Movement Theatre CoLab.

“Every year the festival gets bigger and bigger. It started as one single show with the same show performances and was kind of grassroots. It’s grown into a nationwide festival,” says Hart. “We want our audience members leaving saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we saw everything.’”

The MixMatch Dance Festival begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $17. (661) 755-2182; hartpulsedance.com   ​

— Allie Teaze