A Street Dance to Remember
The Summer Solstice Street Dance of 2019 was surely a night to remember. As the Community Ed team scrambled to get everything ready in the pouring rain, we couldn’t help but laugh and cross our fingers for a break in the weather. (How many times did we refresh our weather apps?) It was truly a team bonding moment to see co-workers hang up brightly colored streamers in the rain. From getting the tables and chairs out of the downpour, grabbing one of the tents before it blew away, hanging banners and streamers in an intense wind, and directing the arriving bands and food trucks, it was a mad dash to make our event happen. Once the rain cleared, things picked up just as we wanted with the games, live music, food trucks, and, of course, dancing.
What better way to celebrate the longest day of summer than with the help of our three live music groups: Kids Dance, Wasted Sundays, and Still Standing? Kids Dance DJ brought the energy and excitement for the kids as they danced to pop hits in a disco-like environment in Normandale Auditorium. Outside, not only was the community on their feet for the music, but so were the boys from Wasted Sundays. Their set included popular songs lie “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and--crowd favorite-- “Old Town Road.” At the end of the night, Still Standing and their fans were quite literally still standing through the second wave of rain.
Throughout the evening, New Bohemia, Rusty Taco, and Kona Ice trucks served great food and sweet treats for everyone. We all had fun eating fresh street tacos, delicious bratwurst, giant pretzels, and of course shaved ice as big as your head. The juicy lucy bratwurst from New Bohemia was bursting with flavor and accompanied seasoned fries perfectly. Not to mention, the refreshing shaved ice from Kona made for the perfect desert. The Community Ed. team couldn’t resist digging into a giant pretzel with an ideal amount of salt and delicious cheese sauce.
The Edina Police Department, and Fire Department were also on hand, opening up a squad car and fire engine for kids and parents to tour. “The Summer Solstice Street Dance is so powerful because it brings so many elements of our community together,” said Valerie Burke, Edina’s Community Education Director. “We appreciate our city and community partners who helped us make it happen. And we are proud to create vibrant events like this that can connect so many elements of our community--from young families and high school students to empty nesters.”