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Dance showcase aims to wow with taste of Bollywood and much more

Clockwise from front left, Jama Bezjack, Chuckie Sam, Hailey Brunt, Rebekah Loranger, Chelsea Quist, Ann-Marie Louie, Jake Switzer and Amy Beaulieu are among the 36 dancers performing during Chemainus Secondary School’s Dance Showcase Jan. 15 and 16. - Lindsay Chung
Clockwise from front left, Jama Bezjack, Chuckie Sam, Hailey Brunt, Rebekah Loranger, Chelsea Quist, Ann-Marie Louie, Jake Switzer and Amy Beaulieu are among the 36 dancers performing during Chemainus Secondary School’s Dance Showcase Jan. 15 and 16.
— image credit: Lindsay Chung

This is a great week to be a dancer or dance lover in Chemainus.

Dance students at Chemainus Secondary School are getting ready to perform their annual Dance Showcase Wednesday and Thursday at the school.

Students have been working on a variety of dances for the Showcase since September. They will present six class dances, and the students have choreographed some of their own dances, explained teacher Ashley Bell.

Bell has also choreographed a dance for a small group who wanted to do a contemporary dance.

“I think people will enjoy the numbers, and a fan favourite will be the Bollywood finale,” said Bell. ‘The group has worked very hard.”

Thirty-six students ranging from Grade 9 to 12 will perform. Bell says this group is full of energy.

“Because it’s such a dynamic group from Grade 9 to 12 and there are students who have never danced before, students who used to dance and took a break and students who still dance, there are lots of varying abilities, and I think there’s a lot of talent,” she said.

“The dedication and devotion to dance has been quite impressive. To put out this many group dances in such a short time is quite a feat.”

During Thursday night’s performance, a number of awards will be presented, including grade awards, a Student Choice Award, a Most Improved Dancer Award and a Fundraising Queen Award.

The audience can expect a variety of skits including duets, trios, smaller groups and a few solos, as well as a variety of styles including hip-hop, contemporary, dance hall, musical theatre and a bit of jazz, Bell explained.

“They’ve been working really hard and as for the class dances, they’ve learned six dances, which is a dance per month, on top of the other routines. They’re quite excited to showcase what they’ve been working on.”

The students are a tad nervous too.

“You’re never quite ready,” Bell said.

Both nights, there will a silent auction, bake sale, door prizes and a raffle. On Thursday, there will be a photo booth sponsored by Jeff Puska from Par 4 DJ Services.

All of this will raise money for the dance program and help pay for costumes, guest presenters, makeup artists, field trips, music, a sound system and lighting.

— with a file from Ashley Degraaf

 

Your ticket

What: Dance Showcase

Where: Chemainus Secondary School.

When: Jan. 15 and 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10, $7 for students and seniors, $25 for a family of four, at the door or at the school office.

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