Another successful season for Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Secondary’s Adrenaline Dance Team will be capped with a four-night, five-show run, the team’s way of saying thanks for the community support.
Adrenaline will also hold a food drive before and during it’s upcoming dance gala in the hopes of gathering more than 2,000 items for the local food bank, and helping out the people of Nepal, still recovering from a devastating earthquake.
“Right now we are busy rehearsing for the dance gala and taking some time to give back to the community because the community continues year after year to help make us one of the best high school dance teams in the province,” said teacher Janet Gillis, who runs the Adrenaline program.
“The food bank shelves get depleted through the spring, and summer is usually a lean time for the food bank so we thought we’d give them a small boost.
“Overseas, we are hoping to assist the Nepalese by sending $500 to $800 to a local charity. We are hosting a bake sale and lunch hour show to raise the much-needed money for the earthquake-ravaged area.”
The Dance Gala – Backtracks Volume 2 – will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 to 11 at 7 p.m., and there are two shows aJune 12 t 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 ($5 for the matinee), and the show is about 90 minutes with no intermission.
Tickets are on sale at the PVSS office and no reservations will be taken. You have to go to the office and purchase the ticket.
Everyone is asked to bring one non-perishable food item.
“It’s an evening of songs from just as recently as yesterday or 20 years ago,” said Gillis. “It’s a great show with all of the dance team pieces, three performances from our ballet program dancers from Armstrong Dance Academy and, of course, all the dances from the Grade 9 to 12 classes.”
The Adrenaline Dance Team attending the High School High competition in Vancouver in February, and placed first with 95 per cent in the Senior Hip Hop division.
Adrenaline finished second with a score of 93 per cent in the Jazz division for its Proud Mary routine.
In April, the team went to a pair of dance festivals and one competition.
At the Shine Dance Festival in Vernon, Adrenaline won gold for its contemporary piece called Earth (won with 87 per cent), and earned a platinum award at 92 per cent for Pandamonium, which also won the troupe the top choreography and outstanding group awards.
Adrenaline then competed at Breakout in Surrey against 13 high schools in the open team and hip hop divisions.
Adrenaline won both titles, with Earth winning the top team division and Pandamonium winning the hip hop event.
Finally, at the Okanagan Dance Showcase Festival in Kamloops, Andrenaline received the highest scores in all its respective categories and won the event award for most entertaining performance for Proud Mary.