Creative Airdrie Society is excited to invite the citizens of Airdrie to participate in Sharing Dance Canada 2017 (sharingdance.ca) to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, and Airdrie’s place in it.

One of 38 Canada 150 Signature Projects—funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, and with Shaw Communications Inc. as presenting partner—Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Sharing Dance Canada 2017 will share and showcase Canada’s history, cultural richness and diversity through dance, while also bringing together and empowering communities across the country to share their stories of what it means to be Canadian.

“Dance plays an invaluable role in Canada; and Sharing Dance is all about encouraging Canadians to celebrate Canada’s strength of diversity and cultural richness through embracing the benefits and joy of dance,” says Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and CEO of NBS.

Participants will get fit and have fun learning a specially choreographed dance over a 3-month period.  Rehearsals will begin March 9th and happen weekly until early June.  Team Airdrie will then take part in Dance Day events in Airdrie and Calgary beginning June 2nd.

Registration and participation is free.  Open rehearsals will be held in Airdrie, led by Jennelle Watson, an alumnus of the National Ballet School and resident of Airdrie.  Jennelle says, “I am thrilled to be part of this Canada wide project.  This is not a “ballet dance” but a piece of creative movement choreography that does a wonderful job reflecting the diversity of our country and the Canadian landscape.  I am so eager to share this experience with dancers and non-dancers alike and to help offer an experience that is both active, artistic and not always available or accessible to everyone.”

Deanna Hunter, Chair of the Creative Airdrie Board of Directors says, “We’re excited to be part of this amazing celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.  Its such a unique initiative bringing together a commitment to fitness, creativity and community.  Its right up Airdrie’s alley!  Our hope is to have 500 citizens join in!  And we are well on our way with the W.H. Croxford Grade 9 students already on board. This is a once in a lifetime chance to get involved in something that you’ll remember and talk about for years to come.  Don’t miss out!”

Shelley Cunningham, a Teacher with W.H. Croxford High School in Airdrie says, “This is an incredible opportunity to use something as common and essential as dance to build joy and community in Airdrie and across Canada! I am very excited to be a part of this initiative!”

Everyone is invited to participate in this unique and fun event right here in Airdrie.  Get healthy, active & artistically engaged!  Register as an individual, a family, as a group of friends, or even as workplace, and join in the fun!

You can register at http://www.nbs-enb.ca/Sharing-Dance/Sharing-Dance-Day-2017.  For additional details about being part of Sharing Dance in Airdrie, visit the Creative Airdrie Society website at www.creativeairdre.ca or J. Watson Dance.