What there is to know
- Monday August 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Hotel Figueroa at 939 S. Figueroa Street
- Admission is free and RSVP is required; “10% of bar proceeds will benefit AWD Artistic Swimming,” shares the pool-based performance group
Splashing around in a pool means a little something different for every swimmer looking for an invigorating experience in a moist and delicious place.
You could do a few easy laps, or a few backstrokes, and sit on the steps in the shallow end, all to cool off for a minute or two?
Frequenting the shallow end of a pool is a sweet summer tradition, as centuries old as ice-cold lemonade, reading under a shady tree and rushing through a sprinkler.
But there are those pool pros who step into the water with a host of remarkable skill, strength and singular vision, talented performers who have become known for pulling off complicated artistic swimming routines while being partially immersed in H20.
The Aqualillies, “the world’s most glamorous aquatic entertainment”, have brought spectacular displays of athleticism, creative choreography and unified spirit to swimming pools around Los Angeles and to our TV and movie screens for several years. filled with accolades.
And for many of those years, August 8 was a particularly auspicious day for the troupe: it was the day Esther Williams, swimming legend and movie icon, was born.
To honor the memory of Ms. Williams and inspire other dreamers to consider artistic and sporting endeavour, The Aqualillies will present a free show, the first after a two-year hiatus.
Although admission is free, you will need to confirm your attendance in advance.
It is moreover the only public event of the annual calendar of the group, and the picturesque place?
It’s the famous coffin pool at the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, it’s 7 a.m. on Monday, August 8, and while admission is free, the evening will also serve as a major fundraiser.
The group has worked to raise funds and awareness for Artistic Swimming AWD, and ten percent of bar proceeds from the evening will be donated to the non-profit organization, which “…commits to support communities that are underrepresented in artistic swimming in the United States, including athletes with disabilities and Black, Indigenous, and athletes of color.”
If you would like to learn more about Artistic Swimming AWD, its mission of “diversity, equity and inclusion” in sport, and donate directly, you can find all the information you need on this site.
As for where The Aquallies will make a splash next? Follow their H2O adventures and also get some swimming inspiration by browsing the troupe’s social sites.