Last night, Golden Hawk Recreation celebrated another milestone in wrapping up the Recreation Dance programs with the Winter Term Dance Showcase! Twenty-one dance numbers appeared in the WLU Athletic Complex Gymnasium, performed by the 270 participants in the Winter Term programs and the Laurier Competitive Dance Team. The Athletic Complex was overflowing with spectators of family, friends, and supporters in attendance, spilling over into adjoining rooms looking in from windows above as the stands couldn’t fit any more people! An estimated 1,400 were in attendance, and the local Food Bank was able to collect its largest bounty since being aligned with the Dance Showcase program!
The night kicked off with a high energy bang with the Competitive Dance Team showcasing one of their strong performances in a choreography led by Lexi Haslam. This was the first year for the Laurier Competitive Dance Team, a competing team conceived and initiated by talented Laurier students that has travelled to three competitions across Ontario this year. The team was led by Lexi and Michelle Pineau this year, and was a wonderful addition to complement the strong recreational dance programs. They also performed two other numbers, a tap sequence and a Lyrical performance.
Each of the dance numbers demonstrated the talent and diversity of the dance instructors and the learning of the participants. Some of the crowd favourites and highlights of the evening included Kristi Acorn’s Contemporary class, Caleigh Harvey’s Acro class, Katie Knowlton’s sold out Advanced Hip Hop class, Nikki Scott’s Highland class, and J.J.’s electrifying Street Dance, a new addition this term to the Dance programs.
Some highlights of the program can be viewed online through the web cast, located at the following web address: http://www.laurierathletics.com/live/archives.php
Copies of the Dance Showcase can also be ordered online and delivered! Check out the www.laurierathletics.com/registration site for information on merchandise within the next few days!
All of the hard-working and enthusiastic dance instructors deserve thanks and recognition for their efforts over the entire term. Their hard work certainly culminated in last night’s showcase. Special thanks to Allison Reynolds (Intermediate Jazz), Sandra Pizzolon (Beginner & Intermediate Hip Hop), Caileigh Harvey (Acro), Gregory Rattray (Salsa), Lindsay Thompson (Intermediate Hip Hop and Video Dance), Kristi Acorn (Ballet, Contemporary, and Competitive Team choreography), Jenn Stevenson and Kim Maruncic (Competitive class), Lexi Haslam (Advanced Jazz and Competitive Team Captain), JJ Gerber (Street Dance), Kristin Nikolaidis (Advanced Jazz), Michelle Pineau (Competitive Team choreography and assistant captain), Rhaehana (Belly Dance), Nikki Scott (Highland Dance), Nancy Dubois (Lyrical), and Katie Knowlton (Advanced Hip Hop).
Behind the scenes, Mike Whitehouse, TED COLLINS, and Rebecca Watts were instrumental in making sure things ran without a hitch not only all night, but also in booking and securing additional rehearsal space throughout the lead up weeks.
And of course, a huge thank you to the student leader overseeing the whole program area, Special Interest Coordinator Amanda Hall. Amanda’s leadership, vision, and commitment, were a huge boost to the showcase and the dance programs this year! Amanda also choreographed the finale which brought all of the instructors and participants together for a fitting send-off to the evening.
The WLU Golden Hawk Recreation Special Interest Dance programs feature 10 weeks of instructional classes in over 15 varieties of dance at all levels for all abilities. Over 90 per cent of the instruction is led by talented student instructional staff, bringing their dedication and years of dance experience to share with the Laurier community. 2007-2008 year saw the greatest participation in the dance programs in the history of the school’s recreation programs, with over 550 participants.
Over 6,000 students at Laurier participate in 30 intramural sports and 40 recreational programs annually.
All Fitness and Recreational classes and instruction require an additional fee to assist with the instructional component to the class. Registration takes place early in the term through an online process.