Manitoulin Classic School of Dance presents ‘Elemental Dance’ on Sunday

MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Classic School of Dance will be presenting its annual performance this Sunday afternoon at Manitoulin Secondary School titled ‘Elemental Dance.’

“This is my twentieth production,” said Maja Mielonen, artistic director of the Classic School of Dance. “So far I have always told stories (from her own imagination) or a classical story such as Peter Pan. This year I decided to do something different—exploring the four elements.”

“The production opens with earth,” continued Ms. Mielonen. “The earth awakens and a fern starts to grow. The second acts start with lightning which leads to a forest fire. The third act is water—there is a rain dance and frogs come out, followed by dragonflies and then the sun. The final act is air. It starts with wind, followed by butterflies and then the Northern Lights before the big finale.”

Ms. Mielonen said is was lovely choreographing numbers to incorporate dance and the four elements.

“The production showcases all our dances from our youngest, three-years-old, to our oldest, Grade 12 students,” said Ms. Mielonen. “It is a nice group of dancers and I hope Islanders come out and are inspired by the performing arts.”

Elemental Dace is at 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 3 at Manitoulin Secondary School in M’Chigeeng. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.