Brighton’s got talent, as evidenced by the diverse groups showcased at Dance Day at the Market on July 26. This community celebration of dance was the second in the Arts at the Market Series, sponsored by Friends of the Arts in Brighton (FAB), and hosted by the Brighton Farmers’ Market.

Brighton’s got talent, as evidenced by the diverse groups showcased at Dance Day at the Market on July 26. This community celebration of dance was the second in the Arts at the Market Series, sponsored by Friends of the Arts in Brighton (FAB), and hosted by the Brighton Farmers’ Market.

The audience was treated to a variety of types of dance, including ballet from Ballet Prestige, Indian dance from The Bharata School of Indian Classical Dance and Music, tap dance from Jaz Koft & Sophia Fusilli of Goebel Dance, modern dance from PACE Dance and Tasha Colton, and musical theater by performers from the Brighton Summer Arts production of Bye Bye, Birdie.

The event highlighted the many forms of dance available locally, including one relatively recent addition. “Brighton has never had a true ballet academy before,” remarked Katherine Johnson, owner of Ballet Prestige. “Being located right here at Twelve Corners has really helped us introduce this wonderful art form to the community. It was a pleasure to be a part of this year's event at the Brighton Farmer's Market.”

Patrons of the Market were also given special opportunities to participate. The morning started with a Zumba class, led by Steven Case from the JCC. Audience members were introduced to Latin ballroom dance moves by Brighton alumnus DazMann Still. The Country Dancers of Rochester invited anyone interested to join them in contra dancing, made more lively with live fiddle accompaniment.

The biggest community performance of the day was a flash mob dance, taught and led by Ellie Rosenfeld, a BHS choreographer and Alumni Liaison for Friends of the Arts in Brighton. Rosenfeld chose the dance because of its association with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. “When we were brainstorming ideas for Dance Day, I knew this was the perfect choice for us,” said Rosenfeld. “The dance was fun and easy to learn, and a great way to show that people of all ages can use dance to really enjoy themselves while being active and healthy.”

The crowd was thrilled to see Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle jump right in. “Although I only had a short period of time to learn the moves,” said Moehle, “the other dancers were more than patient with me and we all had a great time. I’d like to thank Friends of the Arts in Brighton, who hosted Dance Day, and I look forward to Art Day at the Market on September 27.”

Art Day at the Market, a community celebration of visual art, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 27, at the Brighton Farmers’ Market. The event will be a funky and interactive art experience for people of all ages: See trees wearing sweaters. Watch a teacher’s van transform into a work of art. Observe professional artists in action and ask them questions as they work. Participating artists include Bob Geroux (acrylics), Dick Kane (watercolors), Tina Kolberg (pastels), Katie Maley (ceramics), Bill Stephens (acrylics), and Katie Jo Suddaby (sand). In addition, those in attendance will have the chance to express their own creativity through a variety of hands-on projects.

To learn more about Art Day at the Market, visit the Friends of the Arts in Brighton’s Facebook page. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at BHS. For more information, see www.brightonfarmersmarket.org.