Sharing Dance in Airdrie
Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 12:28 pm
Airdrie will join a dance sweeping across Canada in celebration of the country’s 150th birthday when Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Sharing Dance Canada 2017 project picks up March 9.
The choreography for the dance will be taught in Airdrie through free dance classes hosted by NBS alumni and local Jennelle Watson twice a week for three months.
The dance, which is broken down into 12 accessible sections, is accompanied by an original composition that she said uses the art of movement in a way that really celebrates this country.
“It does a great job reflecting the Canadian landscape and the diversity we have here,” Watson said.
Though a ballet school is hosting the nationwide event, she said the choreography is far from ballet.
The idea behind Sharing Dance, Watson said, is to be an entirely accessible program that brings dance, fitness and fun to people of all ages and skill levels.
“It’s a movement piece meant to be flexible, so that it suits the people who are doing it,” she said.
All the hard works pays off at Sharing Dance Day celebrations June 2, when Watson said the Airdrie group will show off its skills with a flash mob.
Though the end of Sharing Dance is a public performance, she said it is optional and the program remains open and free for those who are in it for the exercise.
With the 12-section choreography breakdown available on YouTube, Watson said people are able to participate from home or catch up on their own time.
“If a person can’t go to a class, they can totally just learn it in their living room,” she said.
Sharing Dance Canada – which is one of 38 Canadian 150 Signature Projects funded by the federal government – is a great opportunity for people to connect with the arts in their own community, according to Deanna Hunter, chair of the Creative Airdrie Society board of directors.
It’s about being part of something that is happening across Canada, she said, while also taking pride in one’s own community as part of a flash mob on Sharing Dance Day.
“I think it’s going to be really fun,” Hunter said. “It’s a really accessible, cool dance that anybody can get engaged with.”
To register for the Sharing Dance Canada 2017 project in Airdrie, visit sharingdance.ca.
The site also features a schedule of times and locations of classes, held at Genesis Place Recreation Centre and W.H. Croxford High School.