Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Dancers aim to impress judges

Tia Morgan with Razzamatazz Dance Club performs in the Lyrical Jazz Solo, Own Choice, 14 Years and Under category in the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday. The festival continues until March 13.

TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN Enlarge Image

Tia Morgan with Razzamatazz Dance Club performs in the Lyrical Jazz Solo, Own Choice, 14 Years and Under category in the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday. The festival continues until March 13.

It was a combination of excitement and anxiety backstage at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, as young dancers went through their routines one final time.

Adjudicator Dean Ozen addresses entrants in the Stage Duo categories after their performances during the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday afternoon.

Enlarge Image

Adjudicator Dean Ozen addresses entrants in the Stage Duo categories after their performances during the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday afternoon. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Mignon Visser with the Brandon School of Dance performs in the Lyrical Jazz Solo, Own Choice, 14 years and Under category during the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday.

Enlarge Image

Mignon Visser with the Brandon School of Dance performs in the Lyrical Jazz Solo, Own Choice, 14 years and Under category during the dance portion of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Monday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Mignon Visser with the Brandon School of Dance goes over her routine with Kelly Lumbard, director of the dance school, prior to performing on Monday.

Enlarge Image

Mignon Visser with the Brandon School of Dance goes over her routine with Kelly Lumbard, director of the dance school, prior to performing on Monday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Brandon Festival of the Arts kicked off its week of dance competition Monday.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Vickers, who is a student at Dance Images, was preparing for her lyrical dance performance.

"I love going on stage," she said. "It’s exciting … a lot of adrenaline."

Off to the side, Sarah’s mother Shannon Vickers, watched as her daughter prepared to take the stage.

"I think I get more nervous than she does," Shannon said with a laugh.

Katie Brooks, 13, a student at Steppin’ Time Dance Studio has been dancing since she was just a toddler. Dance has become her passion.

"Especially lyrical. I love it because we get to show expression and our feelings," she said. "If we’re having troubles in life, then we can express it through dance."

Brooks said preparing for the festival takes dedication and many hours of practice.

"You have to be committed, and you have to be committed to your team," she said. "My dance teacher is like my second mother."

Dance instructor Tamara Hicks said those minutes before taking the stage are nerve-racking for both the performer and the teacher.

"You want them to do the best they can, and you can see they’ve put so many hours into it … you just hope and pray that they can keep it together out there," Hicks said. "A lot of time goes into it, and it’s very, very rewarding to get on stage for them especially when they’ve worked hard."

Brandon Festival of the Arts is marking its 86th year. This year’s festival is nearly at the halfway point. It began Feb.11 and runs until March 13. The categories of speech arts, vocal and choral have been completed. The dance portion runs until March 2.

Guitar, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds are still to come.

Hicks said the festival is an excellent opportunity for young performers to get on stage and hear from the adjudicators.

"Hearing different opinions and positive critiques, and maybe critiques that will help with their future if dance is what they want to do, then that’s the best way to get some other feedback," Hicks said.

An estimated 1,400 people will participate in this year’s festival, ranging in age from three to mid-80s.

"They are adjudicated by experts in their field, so that’s great for them," said Maureen Stitt, president of the Brandon Festival of the Arts board. "They receive feedback, they get to perform in front of people, maybe people who wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see them otherwise."

With more than 100 volunteers working at the festival, it is a real community effort.

"It couldn’t run without the volunteers," Stitt said. "I’m constantly amazed at how much goes on behind the scenes … and extremely grateful for all the help."

Volunteers are still needed for the remainder of the festival. Stitt encourages interested individuals to call 727-1189.

"The calibre of performances is great," she said. "If people are looking for something to do, they can pop over during dance week."

There is a $2 admission charge.

The Encore Concert will take place March 13 at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall, featuring the very best from each discipline, as recommended by the adjudicators.

Programs are available at festival venues for $5, as well as at Ted Good Music, Brandon University School of Music office, Surridge’s Music Centre and Pirouette Active Wear.

» jaustin@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 26, 2013

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

It was a combination of excitement and anxiety backstage at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, as young dancers went through their routines one final time.

Brandon Festival of the Arts kicked off its week of dance competition Monday.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

It was a combination of excitement and anxiety backstage at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, as young dancers went through their routines one final time.

Brandon Festival of the Arts kicked off its week of dance competition Monday.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media