Parkland dancers show their stuff

Year end showcase featured 26 choreographed routines

Parkland secondary school students performed their dance showcase at the school in June.

Parkland secondary school students performed their dance showcase at the school in June.

More than 50 dancers performed in 26 choreographed routines in the year end Parkland dance showcase. The capacity crowd was thoroughly entertained with an array of dances featuring a variety of genres including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, interpretive, belly dance and even Bollywood. Parkland dance instructor Joanna Linger was very pleased with the evening.

As well as the large class numbers choreographed by Linger, Tess Poirier, a former Parkland grad and hip-hop specialist, choreographed three hip-hop routines. Many of the dances were choreographed by students.

The audience was treated to a variety of performances ranging from large entertaining numbers such as “The Way You Make Me Feel” performed by the block D dance class; a great hip-hop number called “Slow it Down”; “Arms of the Ocean,” a solo performed by Jade Chapeskie; “Wicked Game” a choreographed number by Michelle Bogaert and Melissa Jost with special live music performed by singer Kaitlin Greaves; “Bollywood” which gave us a taste of the far East; “Born this Way” performed by semester 1 dance club; and the dynamic closing performance of “Disturbia” from the block A class.

This showcase is the major fundraiser for the Parkland dance program and it was a tremendous success.