For twenty years, Forklift has created radically inclusive dance performances that honor workers, share stories, and bring people together

About the Event


Mingle with Forklift dancers while enjoying live performances, local bites, beverages, and idiosyncratic exploits at stations inspired by past projects.

  • Swing by the Baseball Booth to measure your pitching speed
  • Stop by the Lifeguard Stand for some summertime Baywatch vibes
  • Embrace your inner Venetian at the gondola booth
  • PowerUP with a gourmet slider and some electrifying stats
  • Sidle up to a fire engine to toast some of the Austin’s bravest

And in true Forklift style, the event will culminate in a dance party under the stars

Suggested attire – all things PLATINUM! Guests can add shimmer to their shine at the Platinum Lounge!

Forklift’s 20th Anniversary Celebration will be entirely outdoors and follow all Austin Public Health and CDC guidelines. The event will have limited capacity to ensure space for social distancing. Guests will be required to show status of a negative COVID-19 test within 48-72 hours of the event, or attendees can present their vaccine card in lieu of a negative test. Masks will be required per City of Austin mandate.


Join the movement! Become a sponsor of Forklift’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Download the sponsorship packet PDF

For more information on sponsorships or the event, please contact:

Vivienne O’Dwyer, Executive Administrator
512-222-5287 (office) 401-855-5534 (cell)

20th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee

Liz Bullock, Co-Chair; Director of Digital and Paid Media, Rackspace

Bill Hopkins, Co-Chair; Health Care Lawyer, Partner at Spencer Fane LLP

Pam Benson Owens, CEO of Six Square—Austin’s Black Cultural District

Ezequiel Calderon, Forklift Board Member; Delivery Lead at Praxent

Kathy Garza Smith, Senior Project Manager at HDR, Umlauf Board Chair

Alejandra Hamlet, Forklift Board Member; Sales and Marketing Manager, Levior Energy

Nathan Idais, Stylist & Opera Guild Member

Callie Langford, Forklift Board Member; Marketing Account Manager, (un)Common Logic

Tobin Levy, Writer, Editor & Event Designer

Judy Matula, Ballet Austin and Austin Chamber Music Board

Ciyadh Wells, Forklift Board Member; Director of Individual Giving; Austin Classical Guitar

About Forklift Danceworks

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

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Community Sponsors

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