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.
I'd love to hear your comments on the experience so far. If you have photos taken by family or friends, please send to me at email@example.com, I'll post them here with your comments.
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!
Shelley Harrison Rae, Coordinator, Performance for Ice Gate, is also a Director of Coast Cultural Alliance and Past President of the North Shore Writers’ Association. A coordinator & grant writer for not-for-profits, Shelley facilitates workshops, mentors writers and is an international presenter, community journalist and award-winning poet.
Jean Pierre Makosso
Choreographer, African Dance. Born into the vili tribe in the Congo, Jean Pierre grew up in the culture of dance. The tribe's history is passed on through dance, songs and stories. From Africa to Asia, Asia to Europe, Europe to North America, he has made people of all ages 'leap with joy like frogs'.
Choreographer, Contemporary. For 10 years Maggie worked on “The Beach Combers”. She received a degree in both Kinesiology & Dance from SFU and worked teaching: SETA, dance, drama & gymnastics. As a choreographer Maggie contributed to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ’Grease’, ‘Beachcombers the Musical’ and many ‘Celebration of Dance’ shows.
Choreographer, Mime Dance. Gerardo Avila, M.A. has been performing professionally since 1974 as a solo clown, mime, magician & story teller in festivals in Canada & Mexico. He has been Co-director, writer & performer for Cirque du Soleil, Uzume Taiko, Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre & many other professional companies.
Choreographer, Hip Hop. Brittany is a true born coaster and has been training and performing here since she was 9.She loves all different styles of dance. This past year she performed in the "Celebration of Dance", "H2O", and "A Love Story". Dance is her passion!