Elemental Dance

Movement and dance ignite at 20th Classic School of Dance production

M’CHIGEENG—The Classic School of Dance presented its twentieth production this past Sunday, Elemental Dance. From spectacular costumes to beautiful dancing and a unique storyline, Elemental Dance wowed audiences at its Sunday matinee.

Elemental Dance tells the story of the world, starting with the Earth awakening in act one.

“The Earth awakens, forms and gels into a supportive substance as the sun warms the surface for plant growth and animal life forms that are in turn supporting larger vegetation,” reads the program.

The sun, danced by senior point dancer Cindy Hu, emerged on stage in a gold and yellow costume which formed a halo around her graceful form only to transform into a fluid skirt, casing sunbeams around her as she danced.

Water point dancers Michelle Campbell, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael and Brittany Wall created magic with movement.
Water point dancers Michelle Campbell, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael and Brittany Wall created magic with movement.

The ferns, danced by Phoebe Aeschlimann, Grace Tuerk, Aubery Lloyd and Gabriella Forsythe, were an audience favourite, especially their return to the stage in Act II as monkeys.

Spiders also come out to play, danced by Jasmine Hrynyk-Seabrook, Avery Barnes, Dylan Kuntsi, Violet Aelick, Sydney Burton, Sloane Tilson, Violet Pudicombe and Rory Bowerman.

In Act II lightning strikes, igniting forest fires and animals flee. Lightning dancers Alina Arthurs, Whittier Dwyer-Gauthier, Tierra Abotosaway, Morgen Wall-Varey, Kieran Harper, Donnshai Bruleigh and Cassandra Kuntsi were followed by fire dancers Brittany Wall, Michelle Campbell, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael, Cindy Hu and Kylie Cranston.

Cindy Hu dances the sun in this stuning costume.
Cindy Hu dances the sun in this stuning costume.

Both dance numbers were highly dynamic, especially Kylie Cranston as the fire centre whose flowing costume was sparked with energy by Kylie’s impressive dancing.

“The sky opens up and rain subdues the roaring fires,” the program states of Act III. “Frogs enjoy the fresh puddles. Water bodies are forming and dragonflies play just on the surface, their wings shimmering reflectively in the ponds and lakes, as the sun appears again after all that rain.”

The rain was danced by Jocelyn Kuntsi, Sonja Jacko-Cywink, Keisha Panton, Lillian Tilston, Ryan Kuntsi, Jasmine Hrynyk-Seabrook, Hailey Diebolt and KC Migwanabi (the group also later danced the northern lights) before the stage opened to the frogs Maria Loucks, Payson Bie, Lexi Fisher and Nova Debassige.

Dragonflies Cassandra Kuntsi, Alina Arthurs, Whittier Dwyer-Gauthier, Tierra  Abotosaway, Morgen Wall-Varey, Avery Sutherland, Kieran Harper, Maggie  Chapman and Donnshai Bruleigh.
Dragonflies Cassandra Kuntsi, Alina Arthurs, Whittier Dwyer-Gauthier, Tierra Abotosaway, Morgen Wall-Varey, Avery Sutherland, Kieran Harper, Maggie Chapman and Donnshai Bruleigh.

Water point dancers Michelle Campbell, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael and Brittany Wall created a visual feast for the eyes using a blue sheet which they brought to life with their graceful dancing creating a flowing stream on stage. Dragonflies Cassandra Kuntsi, Alina Arthurs, Whittier Dwyer-Gauthier, Tierra Abotosaway, Morgen Wall-Varey, Avery Sutherland, Kieran Harper, Maggie Chapman and Donnshai Bruleigh danced beautifully, showing off their glistening wings.

Act IV opens with wind, danced by Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael, Brittany Wall, Michelle Campbel, Kylie Cranston and Cindy Hu, playing with the particles in the air transporting butterflies Jayden Pegelo, Morgan Peltier, Charlotte Ziegler, Sadie Eadie, Riley Manitowabi, Violet Bell, Iris Spry, Alannah VanVolkingburgh and Violet Sutherland into lovely moves.

Frogs Maria Loucks, Payson Bie, Lexi Fisher and Nova Debassige hop onto the stage.
Frogs Maria Loucks, Payson Bie, Lexi Fisher and Nova Debassige hop onto the stage.

Northern lights danced all over the firmament, painting the air with rainbow colors followed by the sun bringing all the elements together in a final Elemental Dance.

The dancing in the production was complemented by the sets, costumes and lighting.

The set and backdrop mural was completed by students and Guy Nielen, while Daniel Chapman, Brandon Anwahtin-Lewis, Isaac Gosee, Alexis French, Kyla Young and Cassandra Cristo headed up lighting and sounds. The expertly created costumes were sewed by Stage and Street and a combination of “ballet moms with great talent and passion,” states the program.

Fire dancers Brittany Wall, Michelle Campbel, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael, Cindy Hu and Kylie Cranston ignite the Earth.
Fire dancers Brittany Wall, Michelle Campbel, Delany Madore, Yohana Ogbamichael, Cindy Hu and Kylie Cranston ignite the Earth.

The choreography, set design and costume design was the vision of Classic School of Dance Artistic Director Maja Mielonen.

For more information about the Classic School of Dance or to register a child for the twenty-first season staring in September, call 705-377-4471 or visit www.majas.ca or Classic School of Dance on Facebook.

Lessons are offered in Little Current and at the Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng.

Butterflies Jayden Pegelo, Morgan Peltier, Charlotte Ziegler, Sadie Eadie, Riley Manitowabi, Violet Bell, Iris Spry, Alannah VanVolkingburgh and Violet Sutherland dance in the wind.
Butterflies Jayden Pegelo, Morgan Peltier, Charlotte Ziegler, Sadie Eadie, Riley Manitowabi, Violet Bell, Iris Spry, Alannah VanVolkingburgh and Violet Sutherland dance in the wind.