DanceWorks is back in Elliot Lake

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DanceWorks (Dance and Wellness Studio) in Elliot Lake is back with 150 students this year and kicking up a storm.

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The North Shore Parents Association of Dance (NSPAD) is hosting Showcase 2022, featuring the DanceWorks Competitive Teams. Showcase 2022 will take place at Collins Hall on Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m.

Showcase 2022 is a fundraiser organized by NSPAD. The fundraiser is to help cover the registration fees for dancers to compete in two dance competitions this spring. Admission to the event is $15 per person.

Christine Brunet, owner and head dance teacher, said Showcase 2022 will have 35 dancers performing 20 dance routines, with 12 groups and eight soloists. For the Showcase, they will present four dance styles: tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical.

Since the start of the pandemic, Brunet has had to rebuild the competitive dance teams, last year DanceWorks had only 45 students.

“It’s like starting over, with experience,” says Brunet.

DanceWorks teaches tap, jazz, lyric, ballet, and hip-hop. In the fall, Brunet says she will bring back the Heel program, which is aimed at adult women.

She is not alone in teaching dance and has several teachers: Erin Guertin, Christine (Ucci) Taylor, Brooke Patry, Kelsey Patry, Catherine Gear, and the new this year Grace Mair.

Competitive teams will take part in its first competition since 2019 “Bedazzled Dance Competition” in early April in Collingwood.

Then from April 28 to May 1, competitive teams will participate in the View Dance Challenge in North Bay.

Because Brunet needs to rebuild the competitive team, they will only compete with 35 dancers performing 20 routines in the competitions.

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“Years ago I had 67 numbers we were competing with, that’s all I have to rebuild. So we’re going to be rookie competitors for the most part in the one level business (6 at 9 years old).

Additionally, DanceWorks will host its first year-end dance recital since 2019 titled “Back in Business” on June 4 at Collins Hall at 2 p.m. Admission is $20 and tickets are available at the DanceWorks studio and on the day of the event. at the door.

Brunet says she continues to take students from younger grades this season. Classes take place Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call Brunet at 705-848-7191 or 705-849-6522.

Photo providedThis DanceWorks group from Elliot Lake danced to The Light that Never Fails, during a recent practice to prepare for Showcase 2022.

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