DanceWorks’ Back in Business production fills Collins Hall twice

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At DanceWorks’ Back in Business year-end productions at Collin Hall on Saturday, June 4, the jumps were high, the kicks were higher, and the audience thrills were in the air.

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The event saw 24 performances in the afternoon and early evening productions, each lasting approximately two hours.

The production was organized by the North Shore Parents Association of Dance, which raises funds for dancers in the competitive class to attend out-of-town dance competitions and workshops.

The 125 dancers (students from the DanceWorks studio owned by head instructor Christine Brunet) ranged in age from two years old to adults. They all had one thing in common: a love of dancing and it showed.

The dancers performed tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrics and more.

There were solos and groups up to a dozen or more.

For some of the dancers, this was their first public performance after joining DanceWorks in September 2021.

The youngest group of dancers consisted of two and three-year-olds from kindergarten class B: Charlotte Aubry, Alice Beaumont, Addison Bell, Emily Crotty, Charlie Foran, Camille Laurence, Drew Mahoney and Frankie Ucci.

The younger troupe was led in the number ‘Good Mood’ by their dance teacher Catharine Gear.

Two DanceWorks students graduating this year, Kelsey Patry and Evan Tyler, wanted to compose a number for their final recital. The dance was self-choreographed to the “I don’t want to cry” number.

Another number was a little different, a tap solo by Taylor Schell, while her boyfriend Devin O’Grady played guitar and sang “Put Your Records On.”

Brunet then pressed O’Grady to sing another number and he sang “I’m Yours”.

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O’Grady added, “I wanted to dance, but they said I’m not too graceful,” which caused the audience to laugh.

The group of adult dancers consisted of: Daylene Emmons, Jessica Falco, Kerri Ann Forest, Karen Houle-Tymeczko, Ruth Huebert, Denise Wiggins and Haley-Marie Zola-Brunet. They danced to “All That Jazz”.

The numbers were choreographed by dance teachers: Erin, Guertin, Brooke Patry, Kelsey Patry, Christine Ucci, Grace Mair, Catharine Gear, and Christine Brunet. Many DanceWorks instructors are former students of the studio.

In the finale, all of the dancers and instructors returned to the stage for a remix of ABBA’s 1979 hit song “Gimme!” Give me ! Give me !”

Brunet told the crowd that the students worked hard and had to deal with the COVID shutdown in January.

“We had a few blues for the month, but they bounced back, and in our recreational program every student came back and more. Our competitive team continued to train on their own.

“I couldn’t be more proud of each of you,” Burnet told the students.

History of DanceWorks

Brunet began teaching dance in 1985 in Toronto and then in Sault. St Mary. In 1989, he was asked to teach a course in Elliot Lake. She worked six days a week in Sault Ste. Marie at a radio station during the day and then at a dance school. Brunet agreed to teach dance at Elliot Lake on her only day off on Sunday. She taught dance at the RioDen Arena and had 40 students that first year.

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The following year, she launched DanceWorks and taught classes three days a week to 80 students at the Algo Center Mall in Elliot Lake. She would then return to Sault Ste. Marie to teach for three days. At the time, she was still living in Sault Ste. Marie, and while in Elliot Lake, she slept in the back room of her dance studio.

Her dance classes took off so much that she chose to move to Elliot Lake and teach dance there full time. And this was at a time when most of the uranium mines in Elliot Lake were beginning to close. The last, the Stanleigh Mine in Rio Algom, closed in the summer of 1996.

In 2010, she sold DanceWorks School in Sault Ste. Studio Dance Arts based in Marie. However, when the COVID pandemic stalled in early 2020, Studio Dance Arts closed. The main dance instructor at Studio Dance Arts throughout her time in Elliot Lake has always been Brunet.

She bought the studio in August 2021.

When she informed the teachers at Studio Dance Arts in Elliot Lake of her intention to buy the studio, “Everyone of them cried on the phone.”

Brunet’s philosophy is “Dance training is life training”.

When she’s not pursuing her passion of teaching dance, Burnet also has a full-time job selling real estate with Oak Realty.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREYOn group in DanceWorks' Back in Business year-end productions at Collin Hall on June 4 was 3 tap company consisting of Calaea John- Phillip, Charlotte Parsons, Evan Tyler, Grace Mair, Kelsey Patry, Rachel Crombie and Taylor Schell.  They danced on
Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREYOn group in DanceWorks’ Back in Business year-end productions at Collin Hall on June 4 was 3 tap company consisting of Calaea John- Phillip, Charlotte Parsons, Evan Tyler, Grace Mair, Kelsey Patry, Rachel Crombie and Taylor Schell. They danced to “Peace Patrol”.
Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY The preschool group in DanceWorks' June 4 production Back in Business was made up of two- and three-year-olds.  They are: Charlotte Aubry, Alice Beaumont, Addison Bell, Emily Crotty, Charlie Foran, Camille Laurence, Drew Mahoney and Frankie Ucci.  They danced to the Good Mood number.  They were joined by their dance teacher Catharine Gear.
Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY The preschool group in DanceWorks’ June 4 production Back in Business was made up of two- and three-year-olds. They are: Charlotte Aubry, Alice Beaumont, Addison Bell, Emily Crotty, Charlie Foran, Camille Laurence, Drew Mahoney and Frankie Ucci. They danced to the Good Mood number. They were joined by their dance teacher Catharine Gear.
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