The families of the dancers at a Lacombe studio will be able to watch an outdoor year-end performance.
Yellow Door Dance Company will showcase its dancers with a year-end picture and recording day in the Lacombe Memorial Centre parking lot Saturday.
“It won’t be our typical recital because we’ll be recording everything by groups. We still have to limit how many people are there,” said studio owner Jennifer Bruggencate.
Performances will be recorded most of the day – beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m.
“We’re a smaller studio, and of course with COVID our numbers got knocked down a bit. But our little dance family has been trucking through,” she said.
The company will rent a stage and families can watch the performances from their vehicles. Assuming Alberta moves to the next stage of lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday, attendees can watch the performances while socially distanced in lawn chairs, Bruggencate added. Year-end photos will be taken inside the centre.
The dancers, who range from three to 17 years old, are so excited to perform, they even practiced outside in the rain Monday afternoon, Bruggencate said.
“They don’t even care, they just want to be ready for the performance. That’s how excited they are right now,” she said.
Last year, COVID-19 prevented the dance studio from hosting a year-end performance entirely.
“All the work went for nothing basically, which was incredibly disappointing for the kids, on top of everything else going on in their world,” said Bruggencate.
“This year we were determined something was going to happen. We have reorganized, retooled and changed venues, and it’s been a little crazy. We actually had everything lined up for the 15th of May, but then we were shut down on the ninth (of May). We just took that plan and moved it to June.”
The event itself will be free for the families attending. They can buy a DVD of the event after the recording and editing are completed.
“They stuck with us all year, continued to pay dance fees when there was uncertainty and we weren’t sure if we were going to get to competitions or recitals.”