Amazing and exciting is how members of Prince Albert’s Northern Prairie Dancers described their time performing at Telemiracle 38 in Regina last weekend.
The group was one of 48 entertainment acts at the all-night charity fundraiser, which raised more than $5 million. They were also the only act from Prince Albert.
“It was amazing, all the acts and everything,” dancer Megan Morin says.
Morin was one of 10 dancers who travelled to Regina for the performance. Their team manager, Marlene Bear, says it was a great experience for them to have.
“The kids were so pumped and they were so excited,” she says. “They were a bundle of nerves, but when they got up there they did their best and they were wonderful.”
Northern Prairie Dancers use a variety of dance styles, such as square dancing and jigging. The group contains members aged 13-19, with most of them originally hailing from further north.
“We got so many Facebook things saying how many people in the north were watching,” Bear says. “It was pretty special for them.”
“When we first got there it was so nerve-racking,” Morin adds. “Before we went on stage we were just so nervous, but after we were done it felt good.”
They didn’t just feel good about their performance, either. There’s also the cause. Bear says it’s important to emphasize the importance of the work the Kinsmen Foundation does.
“A long time ago somebody told me that Kinsmen did not help treaty status people because they believed that they have all the help that they can have but that’s totally not true,” she says. “So it was really nice for these kids to find out that yes there is help out there.”
“It felt good helping out a cause,” Morin says.
Getting there was a bit of a rough journey for the group. Just showing up for the auditions proved difficult due to major snowstorms in the south. Then there was the financial burden of transporting the group to Regina for the actual show. The dance troupe had to rely on Northern Lights Community Development to help pay their way.
Despite the challenges, the group considers the event a success.
“I want them to get out and experience different places, so we’ve been travelling,” Bear says. “They’ve been getting a really big name out there because they are very good at what they do and they also give back to the community.”