Abiding Lines Dance Company conjures the Roaring Twenties

Matt Gardner
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A Saskatoon-based dance company is taking audiences back to the Roaring Twenties for their first full-length show.

The Abiding Lines Dance Company will present their first full-length show, entitled 'Behind The Flapper’s Fringe,' at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

In Behind The Flapper’s Fringe, the Abiding Lines Dance Company follows the story of a couple and the development of their relationship at the height of the jazz era.

“It’s going to be a really exciting night -- lots of vintage throwback music choices and costuming,” dancer and company member Amy Rusheleau said.

The show will hit the stage at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available at Econo Lumber, the Performing Arts Warehouse, BOLD Dance Productions or online at www.picatic.com.

The selection of a 1920s setting was the idea of artistic director Kara Dubyk, who is also a dancer with the company.

“She’s the one who started this company up last year, and it’s obviously grown to be a full-feature company now,” Rusheleau said. “But she just kind of has always been fascinated with the ’20s.

“It’s been a decade that’s kind of intrigued her and the music that’s come from that decade is very, very interesting to work with and to choreograph too. So it gave a lot of opportunity to interpret the music and the choreography to fit it into a full-feature show.”

In that regard, Behind The Flapper’s Fringe features plenty of popular dance steps from the time period.

“You can expect the Charleston, some shimmies, all that kind of stuff from that decade,” Rusheleau said.

Meanwhile, the music itself may offer some surprising selections.

While hesitating to describe the chosen songs as “underground,” Rusheleau noted, “It’s not going to be necessarily well-known, but I would just say it’s very, very fitting for the decade, if that works.”

It’s going to be a really exciting night -- lots of vintage throwback music choices and costuming. Amy Rusheleau

In preparation for their full-length debut, the 25 members of the Abiding Lines Dance Company have performed excerpts at the show throughout the last season at community events such as fashion shows and award presentations.

The company is almost evenly divided between dancers under 18 years of age and dancers over 18. While the majority of members hail from Saskatoon, five have close ties to Prince Albert or nearby communities and drive the long commute in order to attend rehearsals.

Two members, Rusheleau and Jenn Maczek, are originally from Prince Albert, while other members come from communities such as Birch Hills and Tisdale.

“We’re really excited to bring it to Prince Albert, because there are five dancers from P.A. and surrounding area,” Rusheleau said.

The company is currently making efforts to expand throughout the province, with auditions for the next season set to take place in September.

Those interested in trying out for the Abiding Lines Dance Company can find more information on the group’s Facebook page, which will include regular updates as the date of the September workshop approaches.

“Anybody is obviously welcome to audition,” Rusheleau said. “It’s just a matter of committing to the drive, I guess.

“But it’s not just Saskatoon, so that’s part of the reason we’re bringing it to Prince Albert is to kind of expand (in) that area as well.”

Organizations: Abiding Lines Dance Company, Prince Albert, E.A. Rawlinson Centre Performing Arts Warehouse

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Charleston, Birch Hills

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