Tiny dancers ready to perform

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Judging from the performances during a dress rehearsal on Sunday, those attending The Performing Arts Warehouse’s annual recital this weekend are in for a treat.

 

On Sunday, the almost 450 dancers who make up the group, from the ages of three to adult, showed what they’ve got during a dress rehearsal at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre.

“They’re all awesome,” Performing Arts Warehouse manager Donna Malach said between acts.

“Our young dancers are just starting, but our senior dancers -- we’ve got some who could probably go right into a professional company and would fit right in.”

Still sweating from performing in the recital’s opening number, senior dancer Mari-Ann De Leon said backstage that their practise appears to have paid off.

The group of dancers have been working on their pieces since November.

Having already performed them at competition in Regina, Tisdale and at the local stage, she concluded that everything’s well-honed at this stage.

“We won several awards, which is really good and it makes our Prince Albert home really proud,” she said – award-winning performances the dancers will repeat during four nights of year-end dance recitals from Thursday to Sunday.

“Now we get to show them back home, which is great!

“We practise really hard every week, and we’re even here on weekends sometimes, so we just have a really dedicated group of girls and guys.”

Our young dancers are just starting, but our senior dancers -- we’ve got some who could probably go right into a professional company and would fit right in. Donna Malach

Although there are 450 dancers in the group, De Leon said that they’ve managed to create a strong sense of community, wherein the younger dancers look at the older dancers as role models.

Abby Blanchard, 12, reached a similar conclusion, with De Leon and other senior dancers showing her the ropes alongside the dance studio’s instructors.

“I was dancing ever since I was little just in my bedroom, and then watching the older kids inspired me,” Blanchard said. “It’s my passion. I love every dance.”

In order to prevent parents and other members of the public from sitting through six hours of dance at a time, the 450 dancers have been split into two groups -- the greens and the whites.

The greens’ night is Thursday, during which they will perform at 7 p.m., with the whites performing at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday will see the greens perform at 2 p.m. and the whites perform at 7 p.m.

The whites will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday and the greens will perform at 7 p.m.

All performances will take place at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre stage. Tickets are $15, and children six years of age and younger get in for $7.50. 

Organizations: E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Performing Arts, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Regina

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