Dancing to the Beat of Community
Holly Pretsky
Hundreds gathered at Union Chapel for the first nights of Built on Stilts, the free, all-ages performance festival that is staged on the Vineyard every August.
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Dance Fever Heats Up Union Chapel for Built on Stilts Festival
Holly Pretsky
Built on Stilts begins today, August 8, at the historic Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. The eclectic dance and performance festival is now in its 23rd year.
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Built on Stilts Says Everybody Dance Now
Louisa Hufstader
Built on Stilts is back! The community dance party that takes up residence at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs each summer starts its run on Thursday, August 9.
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Built on Stilts Celebrates the Joyful Dance of Community
Vivian Ewing
Built on Stilts returns to Union Chapel this week for its annual summer dance residence. The festival was founded 21 years ago and continues to thrive with the spirit of dance, inclusivity and community.
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Built on Stilts Turns 20
Heather Hamacek

What began as a one-night creative dance festival opened its 20th season this weekend. Built on Stilts continues from August 20 to 23. Admission is free.

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Everybody Dance Now at Built on Stilts
Mike Kotsopoulos

Abby Bender never imagined Built on Stilts growing into the eight-night Island phenomenon it is today.

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Built on Stilts and Built to Last; Dance Fever Hits Union Chapel Again
Alex Floyd
Beginning this Thursday, Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs will be filled with the sounds of dancing feet, rhythmic drumming and thunderous applause as the Island gathers once again for the annual Built on Stilts dance festival.
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A Midsummer Night's Dance: Built on Stilts Opens Thursday
Meg Robbins
Young dancers of Stiltshop will be performing at Union Chapel Thursday, the opening night of Built on Stilts dance festival.
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Dancing in Step With Community
Heidi Sistare
For two weekends in August Oak Bluffs goes dancing. The beating of drums begins around 7:30 p.m., beckoning people to the corner of Grove and Narragansett avenues. Inside Union Chapel dancers sway and stretch and leap, warming up to the drumbeats.
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Built on Stilts Returns to the Vineyard
Tonight the drums will beat in Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs — calling all dancers and lovers of dance to the 17th annual Built on Stilts festival.

Built on Stilts is a celebration of dance in all its forms. It runs from August 8 to 11 and again from August 17 to 20, and every night is free.

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