Dance instructors from Vancouver are heading to Lloydminster next week to share their craft with aspiring young dancers.
The Lloydminster Regional Dance Festival’s (LRDF) Dancin’ on the Border Summer Camp is taking place at the Vic Juba Community Theatre from July 21 to 25. The camp offers dancers of varying skill levels from age seven to 18 the opportunity to learn from skilled dancers from around North America.
“I’m always on the lookout for new instructors and seeing what people are doing out there and trying to get people who are breaking new ground with their work coming in and teaching for us,” said LRDF president Sam Greenacre.
“I see people who I know are doing good work and I encourage them to come over here and teach for our summer camp for us.”
The instructors specialize in tap, hip hop, lyrical and jazz styles. On the last day of camp, the students will put on a free showcase recital at the Vic Juba theatre to present what they have learned over the course of the week.
Greenacre says it’s important for dance students to learn from visiting instructors because of the perspective they provide.
“It’s exposure to different choreography, it’s exposure to different styles of teaching and I know when I was dancing it was just always so nice to get out and have classes from different instructors,” she said. “Sometimes you’re being given the same corrections again and again by your own instructor and you just need to hear it said in a different way to actually understand it.”
Greenacre says that although she teaches dancing, she still continues to be a student as well. Last month, she won the $1,000 Arts Without Borders Festival Bursary, which helps the recipient pursue professional training in the arts.
“I always say, especially as a teacher, the minute you sit there and go, ‘I know it all,’ is the day you should give up. You always learn,” she said. “I’m taking that bursary and I’m going to New York and I’m going to be learning myself from some of the top ballet instructors in the world ... in fact I’m leaving to go down to New York on the day that we finish the summer camp.”
Upon her return, Greenacre hopes to impart some of her newly acquired knowledge upon her pupils. She says learning about new teaching methods is an important part of her excursion.
“I spend a lot of my days thinking about how I’m going to present the work I’m teaching,” she said. “You’re always looking for that new twist on what you’re teaching and that new way of getting the information through to your students.”