Most Americans are familiar with the iconic images of the White House or Mt. Rushmore but not many have seen these historical images replicated using live performers and shadows. Unless they’ve …
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Most Americans are familiar with the iconic images of the White House or Mt. Rushmore but not many have seen these historical images replicated using live performers and shadows.
Unless they’ve been watching television.
The Silhouettes is a world-renowned shadow-dance company that placed as first-runner up on season six of America’s Got Talent. The group wowed the world with their shadow-dance performance, using their bodies to tell powerful stories by merging their shadows to create intricate landscapes, images and performances.
The group relocated this fall from their 25-year location in Arvada to Westminster. Nearly 100 people attended a grand opening Oct. 30 at their new location in the Standley Lake Marketplace. The new facility will allow the Silhouettes to perform shows locally when they’re not traveling.
“We travel a lot, but when we’re in town we’re hoping to be able to do a show every few months for people in the area,” said Lynne Waggoner-Patton, owner and director of The Silhouettes.
The art of shadow-dancing can be difficult to master and the Westminster facility will serve as a training center while allowing the group to film performances, which they do for groups who can’t travel to a show, such as students in rural areas.
“Silhouettes have to work together,” said Waggoner-Patton. “If even one pinky is out of place it changes the image.”
The group is on a mission to help homeless children and families in need, and perform for many non-profit organizations to help raise money to support their cause. They also perform for corporate clients and theatre tours.
“America’s Got Talent gave The Silhouettes the chance of a lifetime and continue to help The Silhouettes spread inspiration messages by having us back on the show,” said Waggoner-Patton.
In 2018 The Silhouettes helped raise funds for first responders and hospitals, and their current project is a new children’s television show designed to educate and inspire children of all ages.
Visit www.thesilhouettes. com for upcoming performances around Colorado supporting local non-profit organizations.
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