by Hani Yassine
The Lance – Arts Editor
It was a night where many came together under a single motive: the love of dance.
The third semi-annual Holiday Dance Show had people tapping their feet and moving to a beat at the Olde Walkerville Theatre Dec. 11. Hosted by Lancer Recreation, the theme of the night was Fire and Ice, as it served as a thematic contrast for the varying dance styles displayed throughout the duration.
“Whether it’s ballet; very passionate, on point, poised or whether it’s hip hop, you’ve got that fire and ice, two worlds colliding with one another,” said show producer Tanya Van Dongen.
Roughly a dozen different artistic and cultural dances were performed, ranging anywhere from the classical demeanor of ballet to highly energetic salsa dancing. There were also interpretive dances, which carried a contained narrative. Numerous styles were on display and for numerous reasons, whether for artistic expression or the physical benefits which come with dancing.
“It was lots of fun, it’s a fun form of exercise,” said Helen Johnson, an Environmental Studies student at the university, who participated in a Ukrainian dance performance.
The key difference between past shows however was the collaboration of nearly a dozen different dance groups throughout Windsor-Essex. Some of the groups and studios present included Xtreme Dance Works, Nancy Pattison Dance World and Academie Ste Cecile, who teach anything from the contemporary to the classical.
“Windsor has a very diverse art culture, so it’s nice to see all the diverse cultures come under one form for an evening of dance,” said Tiffany Kearns, who teaches at Ste. Cecile. “A lot of our dancers dance for varying reasons. It helps them express themselves, it’s a release of energy.”
Many of the seats in the Olde Walkerville Theatre were filled in the balcony and ground floor. Van Dongen said the show had been in development since January. As to whether or not another show is on the horizon remains to be seen, but she hoped this one was sufficient enough to fulfill her wishes in providing a truly unified showcase.
“This show is very unique. It’s unlike any other show we’ve ever done because we included outside groups from around the city and beyond,” Van Dongen said. “I’ve always wanted to do a show that bring everyone together and it wasn’t a competition. It was more for the love of dance.”