On Sunday, the School was thrilled to be able to hold the Shawnigan Night of Dance and to welcome visitors back onto campus to enjoy a beautiful showcase of dance put on by students in our Grade 10 and Grade 11/12 curricular dance classes as well as those in our sport group. Held in the Hugh Wilkinson Theatre, there were two shows, a matinee and an evening show, and what a turnout they had! The matinee ended up being a full house with more families in the audience than they had ever seen before. The evening show was just as busy. Organizers put out an additional 30 seats in anticipation of a larger crowd, but even that wasn’t enough, and audience members flooded over onto the floor in front of the stage – talk about floor seats! The supporters extended beyond those who were physically present in the theatre as the evening show was also live-streamed so that families could support their child(ren) virtually.
The audience was treated to 15 spectacular performances of varying genres of dance including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, song and dance, and tap. The show even incorporated feature slides of the graduating dancers as a tribute to their contribution to the program. As dance teacher Shania Schmidt reflects on the evening her pride is evident. “Each show we felt the energy radiating from the audience!” she shares. “There is something so unique about performing on stage in front of a live audience that we have all missed so much. I commend our Shawnigan dancers for the hard work and dedication they have put into making these two shows as magical as they were!”
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