Glan­more ad­vances in dance con­test

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

Staff at G la nm ore Na­tional His­toric Site have danced their way into the next round of vot­ing in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The site’s dance video en­try, Glan­more Loves Cats, beat out three other mu­se­ums to win the Eastern Canada Divi­sion of the Mu­seum Dance Off 4 com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion is or­ga­nized by www.wheny­ouworkata­mu­seum.com to show that mu­se­ums are fun and ex­cit­ing places full of “... tal­ented, cre­ativepeo­ple who love what they do .” A record 41 mu­se­ums from around the world have pro­duced dance videos to high­light their mu­se­ums, ar­ti­fact col­lec­tions, staff and vol­un­teers.

“The video was a lot of fun to pro­duce and is quite funny to watch,” stated Melissa Wake­l­ing, Glan­more’s ed­u­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor.

Glan­more’s en­try into the com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures mu­seum staff, vol­un­teers and stu­dents from the Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at Queen El­iz­a­beth Pub­lic School danc­ing to the 1980s song “The Love Cats” by The Cure.

G la nm ore re­ceived more than 9,144 votes, equal­ing 39 per cent of all of the votes re­ceived for their divi­sion, to be­come Eastern Canada champs.

Wake­l­ing was as­tounded by the level of com­mu­nity sup­port.

“We re­ceived so many mes­sages of en­cour­age­ment, and just kept watch­ing our vote num­bers climb with amaze­ment,” she stated.

The video can be viewed at www. glan­more.ca/mu­seum-dance-off/.

More pub­lic votes will be needed in the com­ing weeks. Glan­more will now have to face the Western Canada di­vi­sional win­ner on May 5 for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships to de­ter­mine which mu­seum will rep­re­sent Canada in the in­ter­na­tional “Thun­der­dome” fi­nals on May 8.

Online votes will de­ter­mine which mu­seum video will re­ceive all the brag­ging rights.

INTELLIGENCER FILE PHOTO

Glan­more Na­tional His­toric Site staff Danielle McMahon-Jones, fore­ground, Melissa Wake­l­ing, back­ground left, Rona Rustige and David Cox get into their dance act Thurs­day out­side the mu­seum in Belleville. They've ad­vanced in a global mu­seum con­test and will need pub­lic votes to win.

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