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Light Up the Dark

Confederation Centre carries a long and proud tradition of producing a holiday musical, pantomime, or Christmas show each year. This holiday season, organizers are dreaming up something a little different, presenting Light Up the Dark! An Arts Education Celebration.

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Staged as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, this spirited celebration of theatre, dance, choral and Celtic music, and visual art is one night only – December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. The theme Light Up the Dark! is in reference to the festivity of the Winter Solstice, marking our communal triumph of reaching the end of the calendar year and the return of the sun as days begin to get longer again.

Sponsored by Long & McQuade, this unforgettable concert will feature a variety of talent. This includes members of dance umbrella ranging from 10 to 70 years of age, such as the ‘Dance for Health’ class dancing to Sarah Bareilles’ ‘Wintersong’, youth dancers performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, and a selection from the School of Performing Arts (SoPA) Musical Theatre program.

“I’m excited about the theme of this performance; there is a universality to celebrating the solstice – cultures around the world acknowledge the changing of the season, regardless of religious tradition. And for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, getting past the dark days of November is certainly something to celebrate!” says Peggy Reddin, director of arts education with the Centre. “There is also a second meaning, which is that arts education does indeed light up people’s lives. It is a vehicle for self-expression, and a place to find joy.”

Light Up the Dark! will feature more than 75 performers, including the Celtic Music Ensemble from Holland College’s SoPA program and students from the SoPA/Confederation Centre dance and theatre programs. In addition, the Centre is delighted to collaborate with local troupe, the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors who will perform a winter legend based on traditional Mi’kmaq legends. Lastly, the SoPA a cappella show choir, ‘the SoPA-tones’ will perform ‘You Will Be Found’ and ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’.

The celebration will also feature the work of 15 students from Confederation Centre’s visual arts stream, whose work will be exhibited in Memorial Hall prior to show-time. These students are participating in a partnership project with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, led by Kate Sharpley, visual arts educator with the Art Gallery.

More programming details and a creative team announcement will be made in late-November. For more, visitconfederationcentre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre box office, or online. Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown, as well to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

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30 Years of Hoofing It

dance umbrella registration is now open for 2018-2019 classesCelebrating 30 years of collaboration, inclusivity, and creativity

dance umbrella, an arts education training programme under Confederation Centre of the Arts, is celebrating 30 years of providing high-quality dance and movement classes. The school offers instruction in a wide range of dance styles for children, young people, and adults, such ascreative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, afro-jazz, hip-hop, tap, and musical theatre.Registration for 2018-2019 classes are now open with classes starting on September 10, 2018.

 

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Founders Peggy Reddin and Julia Sauvé established dance umbrella in 1988 with the vision to make a more inclusive and collaborative dance community. For the past 30 years, dance umbrella has strived to highlight dance as an enriching art form that helps build self-confidence, create healthy bodies and minds, and develop creativity. Thousands of students have gone through its training programmes, many of whom have successful careers in the arts. Students under the programme have the opportunity to perform in works outside the context of school recitals and increased opportunity to work with other artists in the community. Notable collaborations have included the National Ballet School and thePrince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra.

 

Registration for classes are open until September 10. To view the full list of classes or to register, please visit: confederationcentre.com/arts-education/dance-umbrella

Let’s Dance, eh?!

dance umbrella’s 28th season will draw to a dramatic finale on Saturday, May 6 with the annual end-of-year showcases performed at Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Being the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the challenge put out to the dance instructors this year was to have every piece reflect something Canadian, be it a Canadian composer, musician, our elemental existence, or who we are as a people.

“The annual performance is always the highlight of the year for students and teachers alike,” remarks Peggy Reddin, director of Arts Education at the Centre. “This year’s instructors cover five decades in age some were raised on the Island, others from across our nation, and some from other countries, so our experiences of ‘what is Canada’ are fairly broad.”

Reddin continues, “You will see everything from a Tragically Hip tribute, to ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’ to ‘John. A.’s Dream,’ and lots in between. So as to not to take ourselves too seriously, the show is entitled “Let’s Dance, eh?!”

The matinee performance will showcase the junior and elementary classes, as well as selected works choreographed by the students. The evening show will feature the intermediate and senior students, including the musical theatre students displaying their talents.

“Let’s Dance, eh?!” is one of the final presentations of the 2016-17 Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100. dance umbrella is long-standing pillar of arts education at Confederation Centre, having merged with the Centre’s programming in 2006.

Tickets are $11 for the matinee, $13 for the evening or a package price of $18 for both performances. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederation.com.

Dance Umbrella Adds Umbrellas

Kylie Fudge-Jensen is the newest addition to the core teaching team for dance umbrella – a program of Confederation Centre – as well as the Holland College School of Performing Arts (or SoPA), presented in partnership with the Centre. Officials at the Centre are also pleased to announce Sion Irwin-Childs as a guest instructor this week for both children’s camps and evening workshops with adults.

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“I am thrilled to be welcoming these new instructors into our programs,” says Peggy Reddin, Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre. “Whether it is for workshops of shorter duration or long-term commitment, we strive to enrich the local community by hiring teachers with a depth of training and experience. A fresh perspective and new ideas are always inspiring and exciting for our students.”

Originally from Victoria, B.C., Ms. Fudge-Jensen is a graduate of George Brown Dance and has been performing, choreographing, and teaching in the Toronto area for the past five years. Her specialization is ballet and contemporary with experience in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and modern dance. She has a strong base in movement improvisation and dance-for-camera work and in addition to creating her own collection of works, she has performed in solo pieces, duets, and a variety of group work including as backup dancer for international touring artists. “I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter with dance umbrella and SoPA,” she offers, “and am very excited to be back living on an island!”

Mr. Irwin-Childs will be teaching with the Centre’s dance camp from August 22 to 26 and also conducting workshops in the local community, with a focus on choreographic practice. He is a critically acclaimed choreographer, performer, and instructor currently on a coast to coast teaching tour. He carries a dance M.A. as well as an English degree from York University. After many years of teaching dance composition for Ballet Jörgen Canada and George Brown, he recently left to pursue equestrian interests and help nurture dance at a grass-roots level across the country. His touring workshop is based on a highly-rated Ballet Jörgen Canada Summer School series, gleaned from 13 years of experience.

“I have designed my workshops to be broadly inclusive and to require only a willingness to participate,” Irwin-Childs explains. “Students do not have to be fantastic dancers or imagine themselves continuing in dance to find a use for the skills that I bring to the table. My students develop a greater sense of confidence and a strong voice when given an opportunity to assert ownership over their respective skill sets. The positive impact of this outcome has been noticed in other classes, by parents and teachers and this is what I would like to bring to the Centre community.”

dance umbrella and SoPA classes begin the first week of September. For more information on summer dance camps and other arts education programs at Confederation Centre, please contact Kayla Shaw at 902.629.1175 or performingarts@confederationcentre.com, or explore online at confederationcentre.com.