Sunday, November 29, 2009

Last rehearsal for 2009

Most of the birds have flown south; all the leaves sprinkled on the soaking ground. The day was going to be short, dark at 4 pm. Another Sunday afternoon, late fall. We headed up the The Seaside Center to have a look at the final rehearsal for 2009.

The positive energy in the room was contagious – Maggie called everyone to attention; Gerardo pushed the button on the small portable sound system with his white glove. The dance unfolded in different sections of the room.

I’d seen the dance before, was familiar with the steps, heard the music, recognized the faces – but when the music began and the dance unfolded before me, I was overwhelmed.

Gord perched on the steps overlooking the room, his director-mind taking notes

Especially wonderful were the moments when each piece of choreography came crisply to focus – when everyone was in sync.

The ending was like a breath – the whole group - everyone connected and moving in unison – very powerful.

Susan Brinton stood at the window in the back, getting it all down on tape for COAST CABLE TV

And then she interviewed all the choreographers.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

All together, now!

This afternoon The Seaside Centre buzzed with rhythm and dance.

Duane had us pose for his bid for Ellen De Generes show. Mime & African dance upstairs, Hip Hop and Contemporary, down. Music on top of each other.

Too much Fun!

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Friday, November 6, 2009


An enthusiastic group of MIME dancers met last Sunday with Gerardo Avila from 1 - 3 pm for a first rehearsal. How does he make it look so . . . crisp? So exact? So easy?

This coming Sunday, November 8th, the entire group will gather for the first time to string all the dance pieces together and dance the entire 5 minutes. Gord will be there at the Seaside Center @ 1 pm to see the dance-in-progress. Duane managed to upload the music for dancers who wanted a copy - but we had to remove it because we weren't licensed to allow free downloading from the internet. Thank you, Duane!

If you've had any experience dancing, we you could still learn the steps - and perfect them in time to dance the dance. Contact Shelley Harrison Rae (604) 989-0089 if you still want to participate!

Photos by Shelley Harrison-Rae