Dancers of all ages will take the stage at Convocation Hall next weekend as Perpetual Motion Dance Studio gets set to delight audiences with its first-ever production of Pinocchio.
The show’s cast is comprised of more than 170 dancers, from toddlers to adults – some of whom have been training in dance for more than 10 years and some who are new to dance this year. The show will put a spotlight on a variety of dance styles – from jazz to hip hop, from acro to ballet, from contemporary to tap.
“The talent of these young dancers and performers is remarkable," said artistic director and studio owner Renee Rioux.
The show is under Rioux's direction, and both dancers and teachers alike have been busy putting it together since last August.
Many of the dance numbers for this year’s show have been choreographed by the studio’s in-house teachers, while others have been choreographed by guest dance instructors from Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Pinocchio is following on the heels of a successful four-year run of Alice, A Dance Tale, and will feature all new costumes, sets, music and choeography, said Rioux.
“Pinocchio will have all new sets including a 12-foot whale painted by one of our dancers Chloe Lundrigan and her friend Dashiel Edson. The puppet show set is designed and painted by my son Joel LeBlanc.”
Rioux said the show is highly entertaining and is guaranteed to please crowds young and old alike.
"Some of the choreographies and numbers promise to be show-stoppers," she said.
There will be three performances of the show, one on Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. and two on Sunday, May 26, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale at both Perpetual Motion Dance Studio and Tidewater Books and will also be available at the door. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students. Toddlers get in free.