Yes, it is September! And a new year is upon us! We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to the 2014-2015 dance season!!!
BUT, before we do, I want to throwback and take a moment to relive the memories from last year and celebrate our incredible Pathways: Cityscapes show.
First off, let’s take a moment to appreciate our amazing MC’s Daniel and Matt. Matt even donned a flirtatious outfit to introduce our fabulous dancers. That’s dedication! Our dance 15’s were brilliant in pieces like Money, Darkness, The City and the show stopping Revolution! The show was filled with heart wrenching pieces full of emotion.Philadelphia – Dance 25/35
London – Dance 25/35Pillars of Salt choreographed by SmithAnd pieces that were literally inspired by a city’s soaring height like New Heights…We had incredible soloists and expertly choreographed alumni pieces.Here is Robby in Let’s Go, choreographed by Vic & Ana! A big congrats to Robby for winning this year’s Edmonton Public Schools’ Dance Award too!! Georgia’s New York Solo!The beautiful Miya Kreider dancing en pointe.Elena in Jessamyn’s contemporary number.
And where there was deep meaningful dances, there were fun, entertaining ones too…The Man’s Dance will always be a memorable one! Choreographed by Jordan Mah, this musical theatre number stole the show…and not only because Alex lost his pants…
We had such a blast and all our energy came out onstage during finale! What an incredible company we have!
A big thank you to all the student and alumni choreographers. It was an incredible show!
Stay tuned for more on our 2014 year and upcoming news for this year’s show…Pathways: Identity
Another amazing day here in London!
We got to experience the Laban School of Dance today. What an incredible tour and workshop. This building alone is magnificent, let alone the teachers, dancers and creative work that goes on inside. Today was very busy at the school because auditions for Got to Dance were taking place as well.
Our class was a wonderful experience and such a different style than our others. We worked in Cunningham based modern technique with Rebecca, a very gifted dancer and teacher.
Then we experience Once! Wow!! I think it’s safe to say that we all really enjoyed this musical. I know I did!
Here are some dance pics! More pics and video to follow!
What an amazing day we had today!
We started off with an amazing tour of the London Coliseum thanks to Mr. Sulyma. What a treat! Our host had been working with the Coliseum for…43 years! So you can imagine what a wealth of knowledge he had to share with us.
Then we danced! Pineapple workshops were with the incredible Alex and we started with a Billy Elliot class. It was upbeat broadway – lots of energy and fun. Stamina was definitely needed to get through this combo.
After lunch we headed back for a contemporary class. Scona Dance Co. worked so hard and we were all really proud! A lot of them also took time to purchase some dance wear at this famous studio store :) I will post photos and video soon I promise!
The night finished with a stellar performance of Phantom. This cast was brilliant…some of the best singing we have ever heard. It was magical.
Tomorrow more dance with the Laban school. Then a surprise show was added to the itinerary…Once. To say we are excited is an understatement.
Day 2 in London was absolutely beautiful – no foggy town today!
We had a very exciting day that started off with a bus tour of the city. Seeing St. Paul’s Cathedral was a highlight for many people and we even saw Lord Nelson’s tomb.
Then, after crossing a few bridges and seeing amazing views of the city, we made a stop at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. It’s quite the spectacle, complete with marching bands to lead the guards back to the barracks. For anyone wondering, the Queen was not in residence today.
We took a group photo at the Canada gate!
After walking through the gardens, we spent some time at the Tower of London. The crown jewels were massive and opulent, as you’d expect! And the torture tower was spooky…
Dinner was delicious fish and chips in a Medieval restaurant, which was a very fun atmosphere! And then we capped the night off with Billy Elliot, a fantastic show!
Tomorrow the dancing begins!!
Scona students run into Russel Crowe and Emma Watson in UK! Okay it was far away but we could see them and they looked great!
We have arrived safely – though we are tired to say the least! After a very long flight, we met up with our tour director and headed into London. We checked in at our hotel, dropped our bags and started to see the amazing sites of the city! We are very close to the Tower of London, so we started there.
Smith took a ride down a slide right next to a 2000 year old Roman wall. How many people can say they have done that!!
Some of our lovely Scona Lords then went on their first underground Tube ride to Trafalgar Square where we had some free time to take photos.
Then it was off to Piccadilly Circus and dinner!
Finally, we capped the night off with a brief stop in Leicester Square where we star gazed at the Noah premiere. We all got glimpses of Emma Watson and Russell Crowe!!
Now off to bed…we have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow!
Hello families! The first day was long but joyous! We arrived to warm but overcast weather and were actually able to get to our hotel to drop stuff off. From the hotel we walked to the Tower Hill line (past a 2000 year old Roman Wall) and took the tube into Trafalgar Square. Lots of photo opps in Trafalgar and then through Leicester Square where we discovered that the premier of the movie Noah was happening later on in our day. The dinner at a quaint bistro seemed to go over well and the tired faces soon got a little closer to the table. On our way back we happened upon the premier and were able to catch a glimpse of both Russel Crowe and Emma Watson. We are now back at the hotel and soon to be tucked in for the night. Big Ben and the Tower of London tomorrow followed by Billy Elliott tomorrow night. I will send pictures shortly.
The dancers are tired but excellent! The flight attendants on the plane were so impressed with them as was our guide for day one.