Local dance troupe hosting an Evening of Dance

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A group of local dancers are getting set to put on a show later this month where they will bring their talents to the stage in celebration of International Dance Day.

Perpetual Motion Dance Troupe, made up of 16 dancers aged 12 to 16 from the Sackville and Amherst areas, will present an Evening of Dance on Monday, April 28, starting at 7 p.m. at Tantramar Regional High School. There is no admission for the event but donations will be accepted.

Under the creative direction of Renee Rioux, the troupe has been dancing together for the past five or six years and is excited to provide an opportunity to the community to come and watch them perform.

Rioux said although the dancers take part in a number of competitions throughout the season, it’s not often they get the chance to perform for other family members and friends.

“So this is a chance for them to come and see them dance and come see what it’s all about,” said Rioux.

The Evening of Dance will feature a number of pieces, ranging from contemporary to lyrical, modern, street jazz and hip hop. It will consist of a mix of group numbers, solos, duos and trios.

The event will coincide with International Dance Day, founded by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute in 1982 and celebrated every year on April 29, the anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. Although the local event will be celebrated here one day earlier, Rioux said the intention is simply to bring people together to revel in their love of dance and to help people see the importance of the art form.

“It is a celebration of dance around the world,” she said.

Rioux has been teaching dance in the Sackville and Amherst areas for the past 12 years, although Sackville has been her focus for the past six years, where the dancers in the intermediate and advanced levels practice three nights a week at the local curling club.

“For the youth, dance is a way for them to keep fit and a way for them to connect with other youth,” she said. “What they share with their dance family is unique.”

Perpetual Motion is also getting set to take part in the Limelight Dance Competition in Moncton in May, where she expects them to do well.

“They’re getting stronger and stronger every day. I just love them to death,” she said.

Organizations: Tantramar Regional High School, Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute

Geographic location: Amherst, Moncton

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  • Aryeh
    June 17, 2014 - 10:04

    awwwwwwe rennee love u too :*:*