A group of Airdrie and region residents performed a dance celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday at the Airdrie Farmers Market on June 7th. They were led by Jennelle Watson, a local resident, and alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School.
This group of dancers of all ages and abilities rehearsed for over 2 months to learn the choreography. The dance piece depicts the story of Canada over the last 150 years. The audience saw classical Indian, contemporary and urban dance movement. Dancers created, shaped and tossed a ball of energy. The audience was taken across Canada’s provinces and territories with movement depicting our many animals and our oceans. We celebrated uniquely Canadian inventions such as the gas mask and hockey mask. There was a shout out to the games close to our heart – basketball and hockey. There was a nod to the Group of Seven and Treaty Seven. And the dance closed with a Powwow Circle celebrating togetherness and community.
The dance was set to a specially remixed piece of Canadian music by Afiara Quartet & Skratch Bastid – “Heavy Loaded (Skratch Bastid Remix)” ft. Tiffany Ayalik. In it, Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik layers her vocals into a remix where the Afiara’s classical music meets Skratch’s Hip Hop remix.
Ladies out Loud, a local line dance group, joined the celebration too. They taught willing on-lookers a line-dance and even joined in the Powwow Circle.
Creative Airdrie Society was proud to support this amazing event. It was a great success and a perfect way to kick of Canada 150 celebrations in Airdrie!
Check out the video here.