Dance show takes Grand Forks by stampede

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
January 16th, 2011

Holy Joe McGee’s traveling dance extravaganza took Grand Forks by stampede last Thursday as it featured the Boundary’s many dance troupes’ talents. The nearly full house at the Grand Forks Senior Secondary auditorium truly enjoyed the variety and beauty of the different dance forms presented.

Local actor Gary Smith played the role of Joe McGee narrating the evening and bringing a twist of humour to the show. Gypsy Jill a.k.a. Jill Gunnarson added her special touch with her original cowboy and historical poetry breaking up the show with her unique style.

Seven dance groups took part in the show including: Shekinah (spiritual dance), The Hip Sisters (belly dance), Jazzercise, Spoirad an Damsa (Irish dance), Rara Avis (belly dance), Jamila Zahra (teen belly dance), and the hosts of the show Les Folles Jambettes (cancan dance).

From the enchanting rhythms of the eastern melodies to the high energy of the Irish and cancan dancers, the show was an interesting mix of skills and styles.

The delight of the show was Les Petites Folles Jambettes who opened the night with the adult troupe. Les Petites were the youngest of the dancers ranging in age from five- to eight-years-old and were on stage for their very first time.

The annual fundraiser is sponsored by a different dance group each year and helps keep dance alive in the Boundary.  

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