Hudson -- Photographer Jonathon Givens will be visiting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as part of his ongoing project entitled "Dance Across the USA"
His goal is to photograph dancers in national parks across the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii. He selected 150 dancers from around the country to be photographed in 56 different locations over a 90 day journey across 22,000 miles. His ultimate objective is to share the benefits of dancing and the beauty of America's national parks.
Givens will be creating a book with the photographs he takes. Each book sold will donate $1 to the national parks and $1 to The Endowment of the Arts.
On Sept. 2, he will be arriving in Ohio to photograph dancers in the CVNP. While the time is still unknown, Givens typically takes his photos around sunrise and sunset to maximize the lighting benefits.
Hudson former resident, 13-year-old Sarah Maloney, was selected to be a photographed dancer. She began dancing when she was 3. When applying, Sarah had to send out an online application with a photo, video and essay. Once she was chosen, she was able to pick which national park she wanted to go to. While Sarah and her family now live outside of Pittsburgh, she grew up in the area and has fond memories of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. She even used to participate in the Junior Ranger and summer camp programs. These sentimental reasons encouraged her and her mother to choose the local park as the one she will be dancing at.
To learn more about the event, visit the Dance Across the USA website at www.danceatusa.com.