Local dancers kick into high gear for women’s shelter
Full length show features Dailey twins
Several Vaudreuil-Soulanges dancers, including
alum Jayme Rae Dailey, will be featured this weekend in a dance show to help raise money for a West IslandWomen’s Shelter.
Dance troupe Divinity will launch their first full length production titled The Power of Lipstick on March 6. Not coincidentally the show benefiting the women’s shelter will be presented on International Women’s Day.
The all-female semi-professional dance troupe will stage the hour and a half long production at UQAM’s Marie-GérinLajoie theater and say all profits earned will be donated directly to the West Island’s Women’s Shelter. The show will be a whose who from the local dance world and will feature such well-known dancers as Sonya Barns, founder of the MacDonald High School dance program, Ivana Junek, founder of Studio A, which has a school in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Dayle King, Queen of Angels Academy dance program coordinator. Other notables include choreographer Sonia Balazovjech and Notre-Dame-de-l’Île- Perrot dancers Jenny Dailey, whose twin sister Jayme Rae placed third last October on season two of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Jenny Dailey auditioned for season three of the hit CTV show, but has not revealed whether or not she made it through.
When it comes to the show the dance troupe has been rehearsing since last summer, the group says it’s a celebration of all things female. “The topic of women came to surface, as it is a subject we were all well versed in” explains choreographer Sonia Balazovjech. She says the production is an eclectic collection of dance styles ranging from contemporary jazz to street funk. “Through dance, dialogue and video montage, The Power of Lipstick is a celebration of strength from beginning to end.” The dancers say they chose to aid a women’s shelter because conjugal violence continues to be a prominent factor in many women’s lives. Education and awareness are powerful tools in the fight against the sometimes deadly cycle of abuse. “We are convinced that with a collective effort we will succeed in eliminating violence towards women”, says Kim Cairnduff, Director General at the West IslandWomen’s Shelter.
The two year old semi-professional dance troupe is comprised of thirteen women from a variety of backgrounds and styles but with an underlying base of classical ballet. Members include Melissa Leclerc, Genevieve Mongeau, Dawn Patulli, Lindsey Haywood, Catherine Côté, Effie Vardatsikos, Julia Longlade, Jenny Dailey, Jayme Rae Dailey, Kara Friesen, Caroline Schrag, Jessica Cummings and Sonia Balazovjech. For information, call StudioAat 514 694-1651.
Divinity dance troupe’s local dancers will be featured in a show this Saturday, on InternationalWomen’s Day.