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 this Wednesday (Jan. 15) and Thursday (Jan. 16) 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.
For both shows, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors or $25 for a family of four and are available at the door or at the school office.
Both nights, there will a silent auction, bake sale, door prizes and a raffle, and 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.