The subject of dance is already being celebrated in an exhibit at the Quad-City Arts' gallery at the Quad-City International Airport.

But it's adding a fourth dimension on Tuesday night with two hours of live performances, thanks to Ballet Quad-Cities and other groups.

"I've always liked the idea of flash mobs, so I thought it would be really cool if we have an exhibit out there to have live dancers at some point," said Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, visual arts director of Quad-City Arts.

"I just wanted to have performances, pods of performances, trying to meet her expectations of a flash mob," added Joedy Cook, executive director of Ballet Quad-Cities.

"Everybody Dance!" accompanies 35 pieces by 20 local artists, Wohlford-Metallo said. A similar dance theme was the subject of an exhibit two years ago at the Quad-City Arts gallery in its home base in Rock Island.

"She suggested the airport, which is a fabulous gallery in our community," Cook said.

The professional company from Ballet Quad-Cities as well as its dance school will perform excerpts from "The Nutcracker," as well as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and dancing reindeer leading Santa Claus. The Imani! dance company and ballroom couples from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio also will participate.

"Something to please everyone," Cook said.

Fifteen different "mini performances" will take place, Cook added.

"The concept is you'll have that beautiful visual artwork and then you'll have performing artists dancing in the gallery," she said.

The exhibit also includes photography of Ballet Quad-Cities performers and some of their costumes and headpieces.

"Those costumes are artwork as well," Cook said. "They've been designed here and built for our ballet company, specifically for our needs."

Cook said the event serves as a preview of some of the holiday events ahead, as well as a sampling of performers who might be new to area audiences.

"It's just a wonderful way to celebrate the arts in our community," she said.

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