Friday, February 12, 2010

On the day

Sunshine Coast dancers arrived en masse at ICE GATE about 3 pm. We rounded opposite corners at the same time.

All dispersed, wandering the OZone before the final rehearsal.

The press arrived on site: Discovery Network, French-language CBC-TV; Coast Cable, Coast Reporter,

photographers from The Vancouver Sun and Province, a contingent from the network that feeds footage to the international press.

Crowds gathered. The painting began to glow against the dusk. You could hear exclamations from people as they first had a glance at the colors.

As darkenss fell, Ted Townsend gave the signal that everything was ready.

Gerardo turned the music on, and . . .

As the dance ended, Gord was held up by the dancers and carried aloft the crowd amidst cheering & applause.

When things settled down, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie made the introductions.

Gord was clearly moved by the outburst, and thanked his friends on the Sunshine Coast, the dancers especially.

After the ribbon cutting, the crowd mingled - we saw lots of familiar faces; friends & family who had come to celebrate.

Inniskillin hosted wine tasting across the laneway.

Photographers contributing today: Les Bazo, Bill Forst, Caitlin Hicks, Lennea, David Phillips, Traci Stefanucci - thank you!

Check out The Vancouver Sun, February 12th, page A-17 for a large photo of Performance for Ice Gate!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Thanks to you, Gordon, Caitlin, your choreographers and all the members of Performance for Ice Gate who contributed to a fine conclusion of the finale of the Olympic Torch Community Celebration in Sechelt yesterday. All the reviews I’ve heard have been very positive, and I think we did ourselves proud on the Sunshine Coast.

All the best on the 9th!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Performance for Ice Gate @ Sechelt Torch Relay

From Richmond -- what a thrill to see a few seconds of CTV coverage on the evening news. The crowds were huge. The torch was lit.

Introduction of the dance. Our dancers were the finale act of the official celebrations.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sechelt Torch Relay - we danced!

Shelley Harrison Rae sent this photo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sechelt Torch Relay - tomorrow!

A note from Shelley Harrison-Rae:

"Hello Dancers,

This is it folks! It is really happening!

I attended a meeting today with a representative from the Olympic Torch organizers and it was determined that:

the celebration begins at 9 am
the torch will arrive just after 10am
our performance is at the end (around 11:30am)
the torch will leave the podium shortly after our dance

Check-in at Seaside Center @ 10 AM"

Break a leg!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Last rehearsal before Torch Relay

The invitation.

The dance.

Looking good! Thursday, the torch comes through Sechelt - and we'll be there!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tomorrow first public performance

At Sunnycrest Mall @ 1 PM

Break a leg!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Red mitten news!

Shelley Harrison Rae speaks:

Hello Dancers!!! I am happy to tell you that Connie Jordison, District of Sechelt, has confirmed that she can provide the Olympic Red mittens for each of us....

One condition though - ONLY THOSE WHO CAN ATTEND THE SECHELT TORCH RELAY EVENT ON FEBRUARY 4 WILL RECEIVE THE SOUVENIR MITTENS (because Sechelt is providing them for us, Connie cannot promise any for dancers who will only be performing in Richmond).


Last week, Coast Reporter Arts writer Jan de Grasse visited rehearsal. Everyone - and some new faces showed up in force.

Gerardo has been behind the scenes, ordering up buses, making arrangements for lighting on the site.

January 31st - Dress rehearsal at 1 PM at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons

February 4th - Sechelt Torch Relay (we dance!)

February 7th - Seaside Center, 1 PM, last rehearsal before opening in Richmond

February 9th - Richmond City Hall, ICE GATE opens with our dance!

Shelley Harrison Rae photos.