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New York dance company visiting the Valley

A Courtenay native, Carolyn Schmidt, is the co-choreographer of a production that she and other members of a New York city dance troupe will perform Dec. 14 at the Old Church Theatre.   - Photo submitted
A Courtenay native, Carolyn Schmidt, is the co-choreographer of a production that she and other members of a New York city dance troupe will perform Dec. 14 at the Old Church Theatre.
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A New York dance company makes its Vancouver Island debut Dec. 14 with its presentation of Watering Hole at the Old Church Theatre in Courtenay.

The 49th Parallel Dance Company was founded in 2010 by Alvin Ailey as well as American Dance Theatre graduates Ariana Champlin of New York City and Courtenay native Carolyn Schmidt.

“Through a series of dance skits set to an amazing soundtrack, we are taken through a day in a life at The Watering Hole. Love, lust, pain, brawls, and celebrations. All beautifully displayed with grace, and athletic precision.” – Plank Magazine, Vancouver.

“Don’t miss Watering Hole by New York-based 49th Parallel Dance Company, which melds the best of contemporary dance, theatre, and indie rock music to recreate a chaotic night at a local pub.” – The Vancouver Sun

Choreography is by Schmidt and Champlin.

The soundtrack for Watering Hole is a compilation of original tracks by Brooklyn-based band Black Taxi, which has been referred to as “one of New York City’s most prominent live acts.”

Watering Hole was created in 2012 with the support of a project grant from the Calgary 2012 arts initiative. Since then, it has become a bi-coastal project with three casts of dancers and has been performed in Calgary, Vancouver, New York City and in Maine.

The 49th Parallel Dance Company operates out of Canada and the USA and is committed to connecting dance communities across North America through the creation and production of innovative dance works.

Watering Hole will be performed Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Old Church Theatre at 755 Harmston Ave. in  Courtenay.

Tickets are available at www.49thparalleldanceco.com and at Silhouette Dance Shop, Triple Heat Dance, and Assante Capital. Ron Schmidt of Assante Capital Management Ltd. is presenting Watering Hole in Courtenay.

— 49th Parallel Dance Company

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