Dynamic duo: Cowichan dance schools team up for crowd-pleasing show

Younger dancers have lots of fun with ‘Uptown Funk, at the Celtic Rhythm Dancers’ and Summit Dance end of season show this month. For more, see page 15. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Younger dancers have lots of fun with ‘Uptown Funk, at the Celtic Rhythm Dancers’ and Summit Dance end of season show this month. For more, see page 15. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Is it ‘Better When I’m Dancing’? Yes, indeed. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Is it ‘Better When I’m Dancing’? Yes, indeed. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Concentrating fiercely, these young performers show their stuff in ‘Better When I’m Dancing’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Concentrating fiercely, these young performers show their stuff in ‘Better When I’m Dancing’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Summit Junior Jazz dancers Sophia, Cheyenne, and Brooklyn perform ‘Bop’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Summit Junior Jazz dancers Sophia, Cheyenne, and Brooklyn perform ‘Bop’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Cassidy Propp, Ryder Brown, Ellwyn Skene, Taine Skene, Wren Fox-Povey, and Sophia Farquhar have fun in ‘Count On Me’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Cassidy Propp, Ryder Brown, Ellwyn Skene, Taine Skene, Wren Fox-Povey, and Sophia Farquhar have fun in ‘Count On Me’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Some of the performers from the big number, Everybody Dance Now dance over the swords. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Numbers like ‘Excalibur’ offer senior level dancers the chance to show their skills. Look at them all off the ground!Numbers like ‘Excalibur’ offer senior level dancers the chance to show their skills. Look at them all off the ground!
Above: The Graduation Dance is always an emotional moment for both students and teachers.Above: The Graduation Dance is always an emotional moment for both students and teachers.
In their Graduation Dance, students are saying farewell to their training years at the school. Some of them have been attending for most of their young lives. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)In their Graduation Dance, students are saying farewell to their training years at the school. Some of them have been attending for most of their young lives. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Hip Hip Hooray’ is the name of this selection from the Summit Dance Mini Hip Hop group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Hip Hip Hooray’ is the name of this selection from the Summit Dance Mini Hip Hop group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Let’s Go!’ say Ishiah, Myleigh, Cody, Raelynn, Jack, and Casey of the Summit Junior Hip Hop Group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Let’s Go!’ say Ishiah, Myleigh, Cody, Raelynn, Jack, and Casey of the Summit Junior Hip Hop Group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Celtic Rhythms; Mini Scottish Marchers include Dallas Scott, Serenity Thommes, Ava Nicol, and Madeleine Vroom.Celtic Rhythms; Mini Scottish Marchers include Dallas Scott, Serenity Thommes, Ava Nicol, and Madeleine Vroom.
The Mull River Shuffle features choreography by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The Mull River Shuffle features choreography by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ sees the return of hard shoe and soft shoe dancers in the same number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ sees the return of hard shoe and soft shoe dancers in the same number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ sees the return of hard shoe and soft shoe dancers in the same number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ sees the return of hard shoe and soft shoe dancers in the same number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Left: The Senior Highland group of dancers delights the big crowd with a traditional selection.Left: The Senior Highland group of dancers delights the big crowd with a traditional selection.
The Senior Highland group of dancers delights the big crowd with a traditional selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The Senior Highland group of dancers delights the big crowd with a traditional selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Summit Mini Ballet dancers dance to that timeless favourite, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.Summit Mini Ballet dancers dance to that timeless favourite, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
In ‘The Teddy Bears Picnic’, Judy’s Tartan Tots get their first chance to perform on the big stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)In ‘The Teddy Bears Picnic’, Judy’s Tartan Tots get their first chance to perform on the big stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
In ‘The Teddy Bears Picnic’, Judy’s Tartan Tots get their first chance to perform on the big stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)In ‘The Teddy Bears Picnic’, Judy’s Tartan Tots get their first chance to perform on the big stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Younger dancers have lots of fun with ‘Uptown Funk, (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)’Younger dancers have lots of fun with ‘Uptown Funk, (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)’
Here are a couple of the performers in the big number, ‘Wake Me Up’, in the Everybody Dance Now show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Here are a couple of the performers in the big number, ‘Wake Me Up’, in the Everybody Dance Now show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

“Everybody Dance Now!’

At the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, June 2, a packed house was definitely onside with that idea as Judy Hogg’s Celtic Rhythm Dancers and Ricki-Lee Allison’s Summit Dance kids were winding up their 2018/19 season with a huge show.

Because this event includes young performers in many different styles of dance, there was a whole lot to enjoy.

From the sweet presentations of the tiniest kids of Judy’s Tartan Tots coming onstage with their instructors for ‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’, the Mini Scottish Marchers, and Summit’s Mini Ballet girls in ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to the smooth professionalism of the Senior Highland Group, the crowd loved it all.

And, for those of us who attend these shows ever year, it’s tremendously inspiring to see the students progress under the eye of a big group of instructors and helpers.