Young dancers bring carnival atmosphere to life

The young dancers joined their teacher on stage for the finale of A Misfit Carnivale. The dance recital showcased a host of incredible performances.

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Danyka Johannsen, owner and operator of Dansations Dance Studio, put together her second annual dance recital at AB Ellis gym on June 8 with a group of young dance students performing wonderful jazz, tap, acro, hip hop and musical theatre numbers.
There was a very large crowd in attendance for the occasion and the anticipation was electric. The dancers earned the enthusiastic applause they received. Their performances showcased the artistry, hard work and skill that went into each number.
The theme for the recital was ‘A Misfit Carnivale’, complete with lions, clowns, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers, puppeteers and assorted other characters. The colourful costumes along with great stage props, dancing and wonderful musical selections kept the audience enthralled.
There were 35 numbers performed, with dancers from the Espanola area as well as Wikwemikong. The opening number was a musical theatre selection, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. The second performance featured some adorable youngsters in lion costumes doing a ballet dance to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. They were followed by a solo tap dance from Hunter Ball, called ‘Tickets on Yourself’.
There were quite a few solo offerings and duet performances. Alexis performed an acrobatic dance number to ‘Sandman’. ‘I Love Me’ was a jazz solo by Avery, which included some very sophisticated moonwalking. Her accessories included a beard and a mirror. ‘Fortune’ was another acro number with Brooke dressed up as a fortune teller, complete with crystal ball. She did some impressive acrobatic moves. ‘Right Hand Man’ was a musical theatre piece, featuring Cameron. The accessory for her dance was a puppet.
Some of the props covered most of the stage, like the jail cell bars used in two numbers: the jazz infused ‘Jailbreak”, and the acro dance piece, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’. There were also stools, hat racks, chairs, ballet bars, hoops and creative clothing accessories.
There was plenty of fun to be had with “A Misfit Carnivale’, which lasted almost two and a half hours. There were upbeat pieces like ‘Lollipop’, the jazzy ‘Funhouse’, and ‘A Circus Intro’, which had the ballet dancers wearing red noses. A treat to watch and listen to were funny pieces like ‘Thank God I’m Old’, a musical theatre number performed by Alyra, who used a cane, a hat, a stool and a bright blue feather boa as props; ‘Witchdoctor’, an acro piece for six to eight years olds; and ‘A Clumsy Mambo’ which had the tap dancers gracefully tumbling on stage.
There were a couple of numbers that stood out. One was a French piece called ‘Acrobates’, which had nine performers doing acrobatic maneuvers across the stage. Another was ‘Coincidance’, which told the story of two people who loved dancing. They could not find another person who danced the same way they did until they finally met. This happy coincidence becomes a dance partnership. It was a tap dance performance with nine dancers in sparkly gold and black costumes taking ownership of the stage.
There were many beautiful dances. Some of the most meaningful were two ballet dances. ‘I Wanna Be’ was an open solo by Isabelle, one of the older dancers, who floated across the stage in a lovely angelic white outfit, and ‘Love You’ performed by Danyka, was a sweet message to her unborn child.

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