36th annual Dance Festival sees record-breaking participation
Thursday, April 19, 2012 – About 5,000 Thames Valley students – the largest number of participants ever – are practising their moves for the 36th annual Dance Festival next week.
The festival takes place April 23-27, 2012 in the Thames Room at the Education Centre in London and will be streamed live over the Internet.
Kim Baxendale, dance festival convenor and Kindergarten teacher at Stoney Creek Public School, describes the festival as an inclusive program that gives students the opportunity to perform live for their families and friends.
“The enthusiasm, creativity and energy of this event stays with our dancers and audience for years to come and is always a memorable and very positive experience for all involved,” Baxendale said.
About 90 schools and almost 5,000 dancers from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 will celebrate their enjoyment of dance in this non-competitive format. In addition, there are several high schools from across Thames Valley performing throughout the week. The festival provides a great opportunity to showcase and promote dance programs that can be continued at the secondary level.
Two performances will take place daily beginning at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and will run for 50 to 90 minutes, depending upon the length of individual performances.
The Dance Festival will be streamed live at mms://video-stream.tvdsb.on.ca/Dance-Festival during the performances, allowing fellow students and distant relatives to watch their dance clubs on their computers. Last year, relatives from as far away as Florida, British Columbia and England logged on to watch the event. Please note that some performances may not be streamed due to privacy issues.
Schools can provide specific times when students will be dancing so friends and family can also share in the event. See the complete schedule attached to the downloadable PDF below.
Spectators are asked to enter the Education Centre through the door off the rear parking lot.
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