With the summer heat in full swing, perhaps the notion of shuffling your feet to the beat just isn’t your idea of summer fun. But, make no mistake, shaking your tail feather can sometimes be the perfect cure to the summer sweats, or at least can give you a valid excuse for the sweat dripping from your brow. So, put on your dancing shoes and check out what the Calgary dance scene has to offer for the month of August!
FRESH Dance Intensive is bringing its own style of jiving to Calgary dance enthusiasts as part of its summer convention, happening over one weekend on August 8th and 9th at The Edge School, located at 33055 Township Road 250 in Calgary. Combining both fun and technical aspects into their workshop, FRESH Dance Intensive strives to inspire creativity and passion in its students in hopes of creating the next generation of innovative contemporary dancers.
For the folks out there who just enjoy taking in the beauty of dance without participation, check out the Pasties and Perogies Carnival Fundraiser on Saturday, August 18th at 8 p.m. at Ground Zero Theatre Headquarters (106 4632 1 St. SE), presented by The Garter Girls Burly-Q Revue. The lovely ladies of the Garter Girls will be demonstrating the classic enticement of the striptease as they entertain the audience with one of their riveting burlesque performances. And if burlesque dancing wasn’t already entertaining enough on its own, the Perogy Boyz food truck will be serving up their exquisite handmade perogies to keep any hungry audience members at bay. There will also be sexy games, prizes, and a photo booth, courtesy of Patricia Rose Photography. All proceeds from the event will help the Garter Girls put on a massive burlesque extravaganza, which they plan to host at the Arrata Opera Centre on November 10th.
Also on August 18th, Calgary’s own Toe Tappin’ Swing company is presenting Swingsation Weekend II. This jam-packed weekend event includes workshops, dancing and performances, so attendees are able to choose whether they participate in the festivities or just sit back and enjoy the fun from the sidelines. Featuring Mikey Pedroza from Orange County, California, this high-energy performer will bring his understanding and appreciation for classical American Jazz dances to a Calgary audience. With experience in everything from the Charleston to the Lindy Hop, this premier jazz dance instructor promises to keep the energy high and the hips swaying as he time-warps back to a decade of flapper girls and rum runners.
By Kaely Cormack
Photo: Patricia Rose