The Smoky River Dance Society 2015–2016 Showcase performed to a large, appreciative audience in the G.P. Vanier gym on Sunday, April 24.
Not just the dancing but the entire occasion was well choreographed, moving smoothly between performances and genres with guest singers giving the occasion an added sense of variety.
The event opened with a rendition of O Canada led by musician Joel Lavoie and the other musical guests were Meera and Nadia Sylvain, Zoe Roy and Laurence Soucy.
With the exception of Jessie Sylvain, the Jazz 14 + group were on a trip with the G.P. Vanier Band in Vancouver but fortunately, a videotape of their performance titled “Control” was played at the event.
The dancers that perform solos were Holly Russett, Jazz – Kacie Labrecque, Ballet and Jessie Sylvain, Acro Solo.
The Smoky River Dance Society’s two instructors are Alysia Sharp who teaches ballet and Brogan Severson teaches all other disciplines. The April 24 event reached an impressive finale with a solo performance by instructor Brogan Severson.
The 2015-2016 Showcase, the SRDS’ only annual fundraiser, featured jazz, ballet, hip-hop and two new disciplines introduced this year, creative movement for 3 to 5 year olds and musical theatre. The event also included the sale of flowers and DVDs plus a silent auction.
The dance society has still another competition on its schedule for April 30 and May 1 at the Standing Ovation Dance Festival in Unchaga Hall Dawson Creek.