Parkada

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Parkada (a portmanteau of Parking Lot and Harkada) is a weekly (weather-permitting) outdoor dance session in Newton, MA. It takes place in the parking lot of Kesher Newton and Temple Reyim. Parkada is run by Aaron & Nomie Bental (né Beckman & Turnbull) and Barbara Rosen Campbell. The session begins with 30 minutes of line dances and is followed by 2.5 hours of mostly circle dances. Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, pre-registration and masks are required and no partner dances are played. In place of teaching, the organizers regularly issue dance challenges so the group can continue to learn dances and expand their repertoire. Challenges last for 3 weeks (or 3 sessions if any weeks are missed). Anyone interested in attending should email the organizers or visit the Parkada Website for registration info.

History

Parkada was started in July 2020 in response to dancers' desire to find a way to return to dancing in person as opposed to solely over Zoom. During the initial summer period, the session was held in the late afternoon from 5:45pm-8:00pm. The time was adjusted in the fall to 3:00pm-5:30pm and again in the winter to 12:30pm-3:30pm so as to remain during daylight hours. The time was again adjusted for the spring to its current 3:00pm-6:00pm as the sunset continues to get later.

Past Events and Notable Sessions