Turning Pointe performance turns heads

Castlegar dance troupe thrills onlookers with showcase


Derek Kaye

Castlegar News


On a warm Saturday evening (April 19) the beautiful Brilliant Cultural Centre came alive as the Turning Pointe Dance Company showcased 53 young performers presenting jazz dance, formal ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary dance and more.

The professionally choreographed pieces were wonderfully executed. The joy and excitement were evident on each performer’s face. The dances were extremely varied in look, dynamics, feel and costume. The perfect play of stage lights provided a synchronous emotional feel.

“Dance is how we express our emotions, our passion,” said participant Bri-Anne Zubick. “Dance is not just a bunch of movements thrown together, but it’s a story being told through our bodies and emotions. We use every part of ourselves to tell you the audience how we feel. Because of dance we have a second home, a place we can call ours. The people we work with in class aren’t just friends, they become family.

“Without our friendly teachers Julie and Jessika sharing their passion and spreading their love of dance to us we wouldn’t be the people we are today.”

Showcase organizer Paulette Lawczynski reinforced the upbeat tone, “I am very happy with how well the event was attended, she said. “I think the dancers did a wonderful job showing off their skills and abilities. We’re very appreciative of all the parent volunteers who made the show such a success. Of course thanks go to Julie Teindl and Jessika Dobie, our amazing choreographers who designed the numbers that entertained everybody. Looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

Lawczynski concluded, “Thanks to  all our sponsors as well who helped make the event successful.”

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