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Dancing in the Snow

WinterDance Festival  Brings Performance Heat to Island Winter

New program is presented Feb. 28-29 by the School of Performing Arts

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The School of Performing Arts (SoPA), a partnership between Confederation Centre of the Arts and Holland College, is excited to announce WinterDance, a series of dance masterclasses and performances February 28 and 29.

The Centre and Holland College will welcome guest artists Eldiyar Daniyarov, Sion Irwin-Childs, Claire Newbery and Dawn Ward, to guide dancers through a series of workshops designed to hone dance, choreographic, and technical performance skills. A public performance will also be offered on February 29 at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall—admission by donation.

Director of Arts Education at the Centre, Peggy Reddin sees this initiative as a community-builder for dance on P.E.I.  describing WinterDance as “an alternative to dance events that are competition-based. WinterDance is aimed to celebrate and enjoy the art of dance for its own sake.”

During the two day series Daniyarov will share his extensive experience as a professional ballet dancer; Irwin-Childs will focus on instilling dancers with confidence in their choreography; and Ward will bring Afro-Jazz influences to her masterclasses.

Newbery is a SoPA graduate who is continuing her studies at Concordia University. She will guide senior level students through improvisation. All students will also experience workshops on technical performance craft—a required skill when bringing a performance to life on the stage. These programs are specifically aimed for dance students aged 9-and-up.

This series will culminate in a demonstration performance of content covered in the workshops. Admission is by donation and all are welcome to attend this public presentation at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 29 at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

 

See the Show

Don’t miss the final showcase of the school year for the Holland College School of Performing Arts Music Performance students!

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Confederation Centre is a proud partner of the SoPA, which offers its students training in a stimulating professional arts centre environment, supported by the services of an accredited college.

SoPA programs draw on the strengths of Confederation Centre of the Arts and Holland College to provide students with a strong foundation in their field, as well as in the business aspects of their chosen profession.

The show is April 5th at 7:30 PM at Holland College.

It’s a Wrap

It’s closing time for many colleges this month, and students with Holland College and Confederation Centre’s shared School of Performing Arts (SoPA) programs are gearing up for their final assignment.

On Friday and Saturday April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Florence Simmons Performance Hall will host the theatre and dance students for a memorable two night showcase entitled It’s a Wrap!

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This has been a busy year for the SoPA Dance and Theatre Performance programs. Guest artists conducted workshops for film and dance, master classes for the story-telling aspects of song performance, and a Theatre-for-Young-Audiences tour, which reached 17 schools across the Island in early winter.

For the 16 graduating students, this is the culmination of two years of focused study, developing their performance skills and learning about who they are and what stories they have to tell. For the returning students, it represents the passing of the torch, as they prepare to step into the challenges of second year.

The closing showcase will feature the results of these endeavours as well as student works generated in their dance composition class; solo, ensemble, and choral music selections; as well as monologues and scenes.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Florence Simmons box office or through Ticketpro Atlantic. For more information, please contact Sarah Denman-Wood, performingarts@confederationcentre.com.