Don't be surprised today if you see a 5-foot-9 brunette tap-dancing around town dressed like a Justice League cast-off. That's just Amy Compton in her alter ego as "Fahrenheit," a high-stepping superhero who appears at a lunchtime Street Beats performance. "I'm obsessed with making a superhero dance," she says. "Wonder Woman made a big impression on me when I was younger. She was like a dancer. She saved everybody, and she was strong."
Compton performs today with longtime partner Joe Booth in her third year as a Street Beats fixture. Because of the setting, she returns every summer. "I love dancing outside," she says. "Whenever I'm walking downtown, I want to start leaping, turning, and spinning. I know that's not socially acceptable, and I have to hold it in." Lunchtime onlookers usually make room for Compton to whirl and twirl on the sidewalk. However, some spectators evildoers, no doubt turn and run the other way. "People get really uncomfortable," she says. "I think dance is taboo to some people. They see someone being so free with their body. I just wish everybody would dance with me."
Fri., July 28, 12-2 p.m.