Ladysmith dancers to perform at Port Theatre

One of 20 dance groups from Vancouver island taking part in Dance Odyssey ‘15 this weekend in Nanaimo.

Ladysmith dancers to perform at Port Theatre

Ladysmith’s Rhythm Dance Academy is one of 20 dance groups from Vancouver island taking part in Dance Odyssey ‘15 this weekend in Nanaimo.

Dancestreams Youth Dance Company, a registered charity, was formed nearly 30 years ago to provide enriched training opportunities for teen dancers Island-wide. Talented young dancers from a variety of communities and dance schools come together every Sunday from September to May to work with professional choreographers and guest teachers from all over Canada.

The company also strives to bring the dance community together by sponsoring a performance at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre every February.

This year, a record 20 dance groups, hailing from Victoria to Port McNeill, will grace the stage together during Dance Odyssey ‘15 Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

“The event has grown to be one of the highlights of the dance season, due to the congenial, supportive and non-competitive nature of the show,” Dancestreams Youth Dance Company states in a  press release. “The program includes everything from classical ballet to modern, jazz and hip hop to national dance and tap — all of it top-notch youth talent!”

During the day, dancers will have the opportunity to take master classes with guest teacher Lesley Telford. Telford danced with Netherlands Dans Theater I, where she was a part of the creation of many works by resident choreographer Jiri Kylian and also worked with choreographers such as Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite and others.

Tickets for Dance Odyssey ‘15 are $22 and are available by calling 250-754-8550 or online through www.porttheatre.com.