Sidney dance performances showcase talents

Nerves disappear once on stage, say dancers with Allegro Performing Arts.

As competition season looms, dancers from all over the Peninsula are gearing up to put their best feet forward with performances nearly every week to get them accustomed to being on stage.

Next up, dozens of dancers from Allegro Performing Arts will take the stage at the Charlie White Theatre Saturday, March 7 for the studio’s soloist show.

“It’s a great way to get prepared,” says Nadine Cowland, co-owner and artistic director. “And it’s such a nice theatre. It’s right in our hometown.”

The show will feature high energy performances in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, musical theatre and more, with intricate and eye-catching costumes.

The proceeds from the show go straight back to the dancers to help pay for those costumes, and for touring and competition costs, says Cowland.

Kitana Sivananthan, 14, is looking forward to the show at the Charlie White to ease into competition season.

“I love that it’s a small audience at first,” she says. “It helps prepare you to perform in front of an audience.”

Sivananthan has been dancing for six years, and will be performing a jazz piece for the solo show. She still gets a case of nerves before performing, she says, but “by the time I’m on stage, I get lost in the music.”

Fellow soloist Lauren Cherrie, 12, has been dancing since she was two years old, though she only strapped on her tap shoes three years ago.

Last year was her first foray into competing, and she echoes Sivananthan’s sentiments about stage fright.

“I get really nervous, but once you get on stage, all that goes away.”

Cherrie offers up a shy smile and nods when asked if she wants to pursue a professional career in dancing as she gets older.

“I want to own my own dance studio,” she says.

Allegro Performing Arts’ dance and musical theatre soloist show runs at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave.

Tickets are $14.50, available at the box office, at marywinspear.ca or by calling 250-656-0275.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
Vancouver Island Coast Salish artist unveils new mask for Canucks goalie

Braden Holtby’s new mask features artwork by Luke Marston inspired by the legend of the seawolf

Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)
Resident Alien brings Vancouver Island to the small screen with January premiere

Quirky series shot in Ladysmith will air every Wednesday on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel

Comox-based cinematographer Maxwel Hohn’s new documentary captures the lives of Vancouver Island’s coastal wolves. Photo courtesy Maxwel Hohn.
New mini-documentary shot on Vancouver Island echoes the ‘call of the coastal wolves’

Photography heavyweights from B.C. come together for Maxwel Hohn’s second wildlife documentary

The 2021 Victoria Film Festival includes Vancouver Island produced feature film All-in Madonna. The festival looks a bit different this year, but film-lovers can still expect a full and diverse lineup. (Courtesy of VFF)
Victoria Film Festival returns with virtual viewing

Lineup features 50 films including Vancouver Island-produced All-in Madonna

Joy Sharpe holds a picture of her late husband Ray while posing for a photograph with the Sybil Andrews painting ‘hauling’ before donating it to the Campbell River Hospice Society. (Submitted photo)
$6 painting turned into $10,000 charity windfall

A 1952 original Sybil Andrews painting donation fetches Campbell River Hospice Society a nice return

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Victoria writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)
Pantomime cancelled in Cowichan due to COVID restrictions

A partnership of the Cowichan Musical Society, the Shawnigan Players, and the Mercury Players.

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied
Work on Hornby Island Arts Centre to start this month

Community worked with award-winning architectural firm on design

Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)
Nanaimo theatre company adds younger, diverse voices to artistic team

Western Edge hopes new ‘artistic associates’ will help form new ideas, reach new audiences

Sara Lopez Assu says she’s relatively happy with how the Campbell River Art Gallery team managed to weather the storm that was 2020. File Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Campbell River Art Gallery director reflects on ‘maybe our hardest year ever’

‘It would be easy to look back and be disappointed … but that’s not going to get us anywhere’

Jean Crowder, former MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, is the CVPAG honourary chair. (Submitted)
Art gallery group becomes registered charity in step towards realizing Duncan dream

Becoming a registered charity enables the CVPAG to greatly expand its potential donor base

From left to right; Jessica Kelly; Allaina Moore; Ben Rosnau; and Isaiah McAleese. Members of the ECHO Players Youth Group after they performed ‘Words, Words, Words’ by David Ives, in May 2019. (submitted photo)
Qualicum Beach youth theatre group looks at more livestream performances in 2021

Members stay active during pandemic with playwriting competitions and online play readings

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s Jacana No. 1 is among the paintings she’ll have on display in her upcoming show at the Nanaimo Musuem. (Photo courtesy Shawnda Wilson)
Painting exhibit inspired by long-toed birds and jazz coming to Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s show ‘When Charles Speaks’ opens next week

Most Read