Imagine having the stage to oneself, being the lone figure in the spotlight before a 500-seat theatre. Now image being expected to dance.
This is what the students participating in the Alice Lamont School of Dance Solo Show are putting themselves through on April 22 at the Vic Juba Community Theatre, only they have been training for this moment.
“Whoever is dancing is on their own, so it’s definitely a good confidence builder for the girls and boys,” said Lloydminster Dance Academy president Trish Meadus, who helped to organize the event.
Thirty-six dancers ages 10 to 18 will be taking part in 39 solo dances and 10 duets. Meadus says the students all have years of training under their belts. Dancing on their own or with a partner gives the dancers the opportunity to hone their skills.
“It’s definitely a way to excel, because they spend so many hours per week in a group setting with other dancers, but if they decide to do a solo or a duet then they’re working with the instructor one-on-one to choreograph and fine-tune the dance,” Meadus said. “The dance teachers do the choreography. They’ve been teaching dance for years, so they’re familiar with the dance and they’re familiar with the kids that they’re working with too.”
Meadus says she hopes that showcasing solo dance will inspire younger dancers to take it up. She says most dancers participate in group routines, and may be apprehensive when it comes to being the main centre of attention.
“Part of the reason why we do (the solo show) is we invite some of the younger dancers to come and look and it encourages them to maybe want to do some solos and duets,” she said. “Some of the feedback that we’ll be looking at would be from the other dancers, dancers who currently aren’t doing solos or duets or younger dancers who haven’t started yet.”
Meadus’ 17-year-old daughter will be taking part in the dance show. She says she gets emotional watching her children on the stage, but it allows her to gauge their progress apart from other dancers.
“It’s really great for the parents to see how hard the kids are working and sometimes in a group setting it’s really kind of hard to hone in on one specific chid and their development, so you can see it much better in an individual setting,” Meadus said.
“The group stuff is fun too, they really like the group stuff but the solos and duets really highlight the individual dancers that much more.”
Tickets are available at the Vic Juba Theatre box office. Admission is $15.