DANCEBEAT – MAY 2014

Skye Balfour Ducharme in Alberta Ballet's Class Acts.

Skye Balfour Ducharme in Alberta Ballet’s Class Acts.

Spring awakens movement in nature, bringing excitement and new life to the world. The dance world is similarly awake with exciting performances and workshops coming up for the month of May.

Class Acts – A Tribute to Hollywood
Alberta Ballet
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 1-3

Any classic movie buff will be swooning over this collection of performances harkening back to Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s. Dancers from Alberta Ballet will be moving to the music of Billie Holiday, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Perfect for a romantic date or a night out for fans of movie musicals. If you miss the show in Calgary, it’s also playing at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on May 9-10.

And if you’re looking to get out and dance as well this season, there are plenty of places to get out on the floor, no matter what your dance experience level.

Toe Tappin’ Swing

A great way to get into the swing of dancing, this group meets every Friday at the Mount Pleasant Community Hall with a beginners’ lesson at 8:30 p.m. followed by an open dance starting at 9:15 p.m. Dancers of all levels are welcome, and though the more the merrier, you don’t need to bring a partner. Admission is $10, or $7 for students and out-of-towners. More information about the weekly dance session can be found at toetappinswing.com.

Havana Cuban Dance Studio

This studio offers a range of lessons across many styles of Latin dance including salsa, cha cha, merengue, samba, mambo and more. In addition to monthly workshops, private lessons are offered so you can get one-on-one attention to help improve your dance skills.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Spring Classes

The Spring Session at DJD has officially begun. Whether you’re a novice or an expert dancer, Decidedly Jazz has a massive selection of classes beginning May 5. Get ready for a summer filled with nights of dancing with a huge variety of styles including soca, Afrofunk, modern, tap, jazz, hula, and some drumming classes as well.

By Geneviève Dale
Photo: Paul McGrath

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