VIDEO: Steps Ahead Dance studio celebrates ‘Our Island’ as students finish season

Finally, after a two-sailing wait, it’s time to get on the ferry as Steps Ahead Dance presents ‘Our Island’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Senior open ballet dancers are overwhelmed by the beauty of ‘The Majestic Mountains’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘The Gardeners of Butchart Gardens’ celebrate one of the Island’s tourist meccas. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
And why do people love Butchart Gardens? For ‘The Flowers’, of course. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Students in the Primary Ballet class are excited about the idea of ‘Tea at the Empress’.
Students in the Primary Ballet class are excited about the idea of ‘Tea at the Empress’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Victoria’s ‘Symphony Splash’ is another aspect of Island life worth celebrating. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Intermediate ballet students present ghostly figures in the number, ‘Haunted Victoria’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Haunted Victoria’ is a unique number in which the dancers are swathed in veils. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Intermediate ballet students in the number, ‘Haunted Victoria’ at the Steps Ahead dance show. More from the show: page 21. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A visit to stately ‘Cathedral Grove’ should be on everybody’s bucket list. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The goats at on the roof at the Coombs are so much fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The goats at on the roof at the Coombs are so much fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
All the little goats from Coombs market gather around the farmer.
‘Outdoor Enthusiasts” are happy to get out into Vancouver Island’s countryside. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Outdoor Enthusiasts” are happy to get out into Vancouver Island’s countryside. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
When coming to our island you could be joining these dancers as they present “Raindrops”. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Everyone knows that lots of folks retire to Vancouver Island and ‘When I’m 64’ celebrates the enjoyment of senior years here. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Tofino Surfers’ celebrates the joy of facing the west coast’s big waves. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Tofino Surfers’ celebrates the joy of facing the west coast’s big waves.
The witty number ‘Construction Zone’ is choreographed to ‘Safety Dance’ by the group, Men at Work. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Grade 2 tap dancers have fun with the song, ‘In the Navy’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Tofino Surfers’ celebrates the joy of facing the west coast’s big waves. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Steps Ahead Dance studio decided it was time to celebrate Our Island as it presented its 16th year-end extravaganza in its Performing at Home series.

The journey started with a group of students finding they had a two-sailing wait at the ferry before joyfully boarding the boat and making their way to Vancouver Island.

Selections in the first part, performed by ballet and musical movement students, included tributes to the majestic mountains, plus visits to Butchart Gardens to see the flowers, the Empress Hotel for tea, the Symphony for the outdoor Splash event, Cathedral Grove to enjoy the trees, and Coombs to see the goats on the roof at the market. There was even a number that showcased Victoria’s ghosts!

After the intermission, it was time for jazz, modern, hip hop, and tap dancers to show their stuff.

Tasty crabs, soaring eagles, wolves in the wild, outdoor activities, the retirees flocking to Vancouver Island’s pleasant ambience, the famous waves at Tofino, and the naval base at Esquimalt. One number even celebrated construction zones: particularly apt since most of the students and their families live in the south end of the Cowichan Valley.



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