Time, Tempo, & Rhythm 2018 was the name of the show, and dancers from the Celtic Rhythms and Summit schools were more than ready Sunday afternoon, June 3, bursting onstage with a colourful and entertaining year-end presentation.
Almost every seat in the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre was filled for the event, which had been confined to a single show this year because of heavy bookings for the theatre.
There was something for everyone, in an afternoon that contrasted the smoothly professional performances of senior level dancers with the hestitant but heartwarming efforts of the little ones, who never fail to attract huge applause. This year, we even saw two determined young dancers who made their way precariously right to the edge of the stage to look for family, only to be shooed back to join their mates in the spotlight.
With music like “The Pipes Are Calling”, one might expect traditional Scottish dancers, but with Celtic Rhythms, fans and families learned years back that there’s a lot more to this style of dancing that just popping on a kilt.
There was lots of sparkle and colour in this year’s costumes and the dancers obviously enjoyed it all. It was a special end to the season for the teachers and dancers from both groups.