Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD)

Sorcery, Swans and Love

For a cosmopolitan afternoon in downtown Whitehorse, head over to The Old Fire Hall for a screening of Swan Lake, performed by the internationally acclaimed Russian ballet company Bolshoi Ballet. The film will be shown on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. as part of the Yukon Arts Centre’s Performance in HD Series. In the …

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Fred Astaire, meet the street dancers

It’s Boys in the Hood and “Singin’ in the Rain” combined with what Nicolette Little describes as a “Sinatra-y feeling.” Little is an instructor for the Northern Lights School of Dance where she’s teaching her students a fusion of jazz, hip hop and street dance. Her Jazz & Street Dance class is percolating with isolations …

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Supporting the art of dance

As far as this paper’s mandate reaches – arts, culture, entertainment and recreation – the biggest news of the week is the creation of the Society of Yukon Independent Dance Artists. It is big news because it addresses a major unfairness in the Yukon: the lack of resources and opportunities for local dancers. Sure, we …

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What’s so funny about tourists, money and summer?

The prize, a battered gold pan streaked with red, was held aloft, like a trophy. George Maratos stepped up to the microphone like a gunslinger to announce the comedy Standup Standoff was about to begin. This was no laughing matter. Former champion Tristin Hopper was back to protect his title. The format of the comedy …

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The stories behind Nutcracker

As audience members at the Yukon Arts Centre allow the Christmas tradition of Nutcracker to wash over them – joined, for the first time, by an audience in Dawson City – it would be interesting to note that this is a production of the Northern Lights School of Dance. As a school, it has many …

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Beloved Nutcracker Ballet draws audience into the seats … and onto the stage

There is no surer sign of the holiday season than the annual staging of The Nutcracker. The Northern Lights School of Dance is presenting the traditional ballet on December 2, in Dawson City and on December 7 and 8, in Whitehorse. This is the fourth year that this holiday favourite will be performed in Dawson, …

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Finally, the Slipper Fits

Has it been a year already? It seems like only a few weeks ago the dancers at Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD) were filling the hallway of their studio, bringing with them dance bags, parents and piles of outdoor shoes. The scenario is the same and the air is vibrating with the hum of …

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Festival of Trees Offers Several Events to Light Up the Season

There’s nothing like the fun of picking out and decorating the perfect Christmas tree to put you in the holiday spirit. But if one tree can put you in the holiday spirit, what will 30 do? The NorthwesTel Festival of Trees is gearing up for their annual kick-off to the holiday season from Nov. 22 …

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Stepping Out

For most students, summer school may be a drag. For Odessa Beatty and Sadie Segriff, though, it’s a golden opportunity. Beatty and Segriff [shown on front cover with Montreal choreographer Julio Hong] have both been selected to attend summer classes at prestigious Canadian ballet schools. Beatty, 13, has been invited to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet …

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Over the Rainbow

The Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD) is bringing the story of The Wizard of Oz to Yukon Arts Centre stage in full colour this month. “We’ve adapted it based on the 1939 film version of the story,” says Dale Cooper, artistic consultant for the production. “It made more sense to do the story based …

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A Fresh Footing for NLSD

Change and innovation are the order of the day as the Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD) begins is 2012-13 season. Not only does the school have a new artistic director and a new mandate, there is even a brand-new entity for emerging artists, called Young Ballet of the Yukon (YBY). Artistic Director Julio Hong …

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