Local Dancer Gives Others Virtual Platform to Shine

Worldwide Dance Challenge is uniting dancers across the world to connect, collaborate and compete.

DULUTH, Minn.- As more people stay at home across the world due to the Coronavirus, artists like dancers become stifled at home. Professional dancer Jesse Paul Smith noticed this, and started the Worldwide Dance Challenge. “I really believe this is the next phase of dance competitions,” he said. The Superior native saw how quarantine was effecting dancers, who had put…

Boating, Biking, Even Dancing in Sunshine at Leif Erikson Park

Two dancers turned the stage in the center of the park into their own dance floor.

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday’s above average temperatures brought tons of people out to Leif Erikson Park to enjoy the sunshine. The park was alive with people taking advantage of the nice day in their own way–boating in the lake, biking and jogging along the walkways. Now, a new outdoor park activity: dancing on the stage in the center of the grass….

Dancers Gather to Compete, Honor Fallen Breakdancer

9th annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition held at the Encounter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tapping feet and grooving bodies filled the Encounter on First Street for the 9th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition, held in honor of the local breakdancing pioneer. Dancers came from around the country–from nine-year-olds to adults. Founder John D’Auria started the competition in honor of his cousin Willie, who died in 2010. According to dancers, the competition highlights…

Piedmont Elementary Spent The Day Outside On The Last Day Of School

Piedmont's elementary soccer field was filled with students and activities for them to participate in

DULUTH, Minn.- Students from across the area are celebrating as it’s the last day of school for many of them. That includes kids at Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth spent the day playing outside instead of being stuck in the classroom. The soccer field was busy with activities like dancing, tug of war, and relay races. The school says it’s…

Bluegrass Festival Continues Into Weekend

The Raddisson in Duluth is hosting the event full of great toe-taping jams

DULUTH, Minn.- A weekend long cabin fever reliever event from Minnesota bluegrass continued today with stage shows at the Radisson in Duluth. Dances, workshops, theme jams, and open mic sessions are all happening while impromptu jam sessions break out constantly. Different groups of bluegrass players gather in circles and play until their heart’s content. Matt Johnson, an event manager, said…

Busting a Move at Willie Kruger Dance Competition

8th Annual Dance Competition Held at Sports Garden

DULUTH, Minn.- It started in 2011 with just 10 dancers. This year, 43 solo dancers and 13 dancing groups got their groove on for the 8th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition. The thump of bombastic beats, and the cheers from crazy crowds turn the Sports Garden upside down. The competition brings the community together every year. It not only benefits…

Raleigh Academy Block Party Moved Fun Indoors

Annual Block Party Held in Celebration of National Award

DULUTH, Minn.- West Duluth kids were having a blast at Duluth Edison Raleigh Academy on Thursday. The Academy hosted their annual block party, and the rain didn’t stop ’em, as they moved the party inside the school. It was all run by teachers, volunteering their extra time outside of the school day. But they say it’s all worth it to…