CANMORE – Magic is in the air as dozens of Canmore Dance Corps dancers return to the local stage for a weekend extravaganza.
The highly anticipated 2022 year-end show and competitive showcase, featuring locals aged five to 18, take place Friday to Sunday (June 10-12) at artsPlace in Canmore.
“The kids are bouncing off the walls excited,” said Jill Danielson, owner and director at Canmore Dance Corps.
“After this long, I think the community is really excited to see us back. We’re excited to be back.”
With 95 dancers, the year-end show is a four-part performance featuring the styles of ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and lyrical.
The first act starts with classical ballet in an enchanted forest setting with mythical creatures, and it is followed up with an upbeat hip hop performance.
In act two, the King of Pop is resurrected in a recreational jazz, lyrical and tap performance to the music of the smooth criminal Michael Jackson. The show concludes with a modern dance adaption to the novel, The Giver, featuring music and some audio visuals.
For the competitive showcase, 43 local dancers will show off their routines from every competition this season.
There’s a mixture of nervousness and excitement from the Canmore Dance Corps team.
Three years have passed since the last big year-end showcase, but that's no sweat for the dance team, which is ready to rock the crowd.
“We definitely lost some kids through COVID, I like to say COVID killed a lot of spirit,” said Danielson. “I’m excited to be out in the community because I feel a lot of this has been forgotten in the last few years and it’s starting to come back now.”
Tickets have sold out for all five performances.