Prince Albert dancers join Saskatchewan. counterparts for social media performance across the province
On October 27, dancers from four Prince Albert studios and countless others across the province team up for a province-wide performance.
Dancers from ballet and all that jazz, Bold Dance Productions, the Prince Albert Performing Arts Warehouse and the Prince Albert Dance Company will take part in #SKdancestogether, a social media campaign designed to celebrate dance, and let residents know that the arts are still here despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“(We wanted to) just come together as a province and show our support,” said Gillian Horn, Prince Albert-based dance teacher and examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Canadian Association of Dance Teachers. “We are always there. We are resilient. We have adapted to our environment and we are safe and sustainable places.”
Horn said dance studios have been hit hard by COVID-19, with some struggling to survive on ceilings at public and private gatherings, as well as strict cleaning protocols.
Dancers, choreographers and instructors came together on the Internet to help each other, which made it possible to launch the #SKdancestogether campaign.
Horn said the studios are important to the health and well-being of a dancer, whether they are young people or adult participants. She’s hoping their dance campaign can show that aspect, as well as the work the studios have done to keep everyone safe.
“We’re the most adaptable we’ve ever been,” Horn said. “It’s in our nature. We are very creative. We can rotate. We can make a difference. I predict that we will bounce back.
Students from each of Prince Albert’s four studios recorded their performances last week. These videos will be shared on social media on October 27, along with approximately 120 others from Saskatchewan dance studios.
Dancers were encouraged to wear the Saskatchewan provincial colors, green and yellow, to show their love for the dance and the province.
A dance teacher from Tisdale created a special routine for the campaign, and the organizers secured royalty-free music for the performance. Horn said it was an exciting development for a group that hasn’t had much to get excited about since COVID hit.
“It was so much fun to be together and have something to look forward to,” she said.
“We’ve just started to market ourselves (saying) teach this combination to our students, but also to other people. I’ve heard parents do it in other places, dance festival signs learn it, dance moms in parking lots learn it. It’s actually something fun to do, and it’s been so long since we’ve had anything fun to look forward to. It was a real ray of hope. “