Lo­cal dan­cers kick in­to high gear for wo­men’s shel­ter

Full length show features Dai­ley twins

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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.

Ce­le­bra­ting­wo­men

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.

Di­vi­ni­ty

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.

PHOTO DA­NIEL CUILLERIER

Di­vi­ni­ty dance troupe’s lo­cal dan­cers will be fea­tu­red in a show this Sa­tur­day, on In­ter­na­tio­nalWo­men’s Day.

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