The journey in being a part of this fantastic ice dance group has given me a real sense of connection to both Gordon Halloran's project and the 2010 Olympics, along with enormous pride for my beautiful province! Wendy Hansen
exciting to see how it is all coming together/chaos evolving into syncopation. wonderful to have such a cross section of the community (men women and children) joining together to dance...even those of us who have never danced before - Shelley Harrison Rae
My kiddies and I have really enjoyed being part of this whole experience, and we thank you for that. I love how this opportunity to bring friends, families and communtity together in a collaboration like this is very much what the Sunshine Coast is all about. I was just commenting to Maggie today that I can't wait to see Gordon's ice painting in person! -Rosalind Hansen
The big thing for me has been the mix of people, all enjoying dance in different ways, and the hospitable / welcoming atmosphere. The experience also means that there are now 20/30 people on the Coast who I'd otherwise never know, and who I will enjoy bumping into or just passing by and smiling. Learning to dance is not easy, but the difficulties actually help to form supportive friendships --- if we were all good dancers, there'd be no need to reach out or offer a smile! -David Kipling, Gibsons
The process so far has given me such joy! Working with such an amazing team, Gord, Caitlyn, Shelley, Brittany, Gerardo, Jean-Pierre and all of the fabulous dancers, thankyou for this truly uplifting experience. Next time we meet we will kick it up a notch! -Maggie
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We hosted the AGM for the Ice Painting Project Society last night in Roberts Creek. Fish Tacos, chilequiles, Schmirler Toss, chocolate truffles, crab quiche, artichoke dip . . . and too much laughing! We are looking for members of the society, especially if you liked the event - join the society to help bring more of these arts-experiences to our community. Here's the group:
Toni Stevens Ph.D., R.Psych. Clinical Psychologist
In the midst of our beautiful summer after bashing the ball around on the courts Gordon's dream was presented to a few of us at the Black Fish Pub. WOW the Olympics so far away Feb 2010!? It stuck in my head and today with 60 familiar faces, we were doing it.
Bringing pride in our community and creating an event that will last in our hearts forever. What a beautiful gift and an honor to take part in.
The Sunshine Coast is a very special place to live and in a few months the world will know why.... We are a community! Individuals are celebrated and have freedom to be who and what they are and when brought together a rhythm like that of a heart, thriving strong powerful. There is no place like the Sunshine Coast.
Perhaps a little over the top but I mean every word.
I look forward to the ICE GATE dance sessions every Sunday. There is a great feeling of community, creativity and spirit. I am not a dancer and only joined up (with my daughter) for the fun and excitment of it all. I LOVE every moment of it. And this is just the rehearsals, I can hardly wait for the real thing. It is experiences like this that make everlasting memories of which we will talk about for many years. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.
Thanks for motivating me to put some of my experiences into words. I really am grateful to the choreographers for working with us. They have all been fantastic.
I've enjoyed every moment of our Ice Gate rehearsals. We've done warm-ups and improvs together and opened ourselves up to new experiences. We've watched each other get better and better at the dances. Most of all it makes me very happy to learn that I can trust so many people in my community to come together to create something new that would not exist without all of us, and I am a part of it - yeah!
Cheers, Kathleen Vance, PhD Communication Department British Columbia Institute of Technology
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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!