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Dance

dance  dans/verb


1.  move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.

"their cheeks were pressed together as they danced"

synonyms:swaytriptwirlwhirlpirouettegyrate; More

2.  (of a person) move in a quick and lively way.

"Sheila danced in gaily"

synonyms:capercavortfriskfrolicskipprancegamboljig;


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Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Major Funk and the Employment

Dawsonites had a chance to “Get up with the get down and come on down” at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall on Feb. 23. Whitehorse band Major Funk and the Employment were in town, bringing with them not only a high-energy funk-style dance party... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous/Manu Kegenhoff

The countdown is almost over, with only days left until the official Rendezvous Kick Off, presented by the Hougen Group of Companies. This year’s Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) event is bigger and better than ever. A giant celebration will... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

The 2018 Moosehide Gathering in Dawson City was, once again, a smashing success. The local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in relocated to Moosehide, two miles north of Dawson City on the Yukon River, during the gold rush of 1898, to escape the insanity of... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Don Hutton

The Mayo Arts Festival and Canada Day celebrations are highlights during the summer. Everybody is looking forward to the celebrations, and preparations have already started, said festival coordinator, Esther Winter. Since 2007, Esther Winter has... Read more

Mayo

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Sara McPhee-Knowles

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous season begins in February, but for some people it is a year round commitment. The women of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Cancan Line are arguably the most in-demand group during Rendezvous, and their appearance bookings... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Courtesy of From the North

We deserve a pat on the back. That’s part of the point of From the North says Kim Winnicky, executive producer of the arts performance and show, a Canada 150 project being produced by Music Yukon. “We (in the territories) don’t often get a chance... Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s award-winning comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) has been around for almost 30 years, but Brian Fidler and Clare Preuss are convinced it will still play well to contemporary Whitehorse audiences. “I think it... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Bolshoi Ballet

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.. Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of Rick Massie

World travel has its place, but Sharon Shorty says a lot of Yukoners need to get out and take a trip into their own territory. And, she says, if you want to start with Haines Junction, The Da Kų Nän Ts'etthet Dance Festival makes it easy... Read more

Haines Junction

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Illustration: Shauna Jones

On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Janice Cliff

Dawson City did not have burlesque in its repertoire until long-time local resident Rachel Wiegers decided to take up (or off, as the case may be) the mantle and bring it to town. Wiegers says her journey towards burlesque started when she was... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-04-05, Illustration: Shauna Jones

During the 1890s, the United States was a melting pot of entertainment - and vaudeville became the perfect vehicle to showcase this wealth of diversity. From New York to Victoria, B.C., vaudeville reigned supreme as the most popular entertainment in Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Michel Morris

“Lucie asked me to take a Latin dance class in 2001 while she was doing a minor in Spanish at Saint-Thomas university in Fredericton,” says Salsa Yukon cofounder Michel Morris. “My first session was painful and to be honest I just wanted to play... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Andra Hunter

“What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-03-01, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay. Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Laura Scott

“Alright ladies, we are going on as soon as this song is over. Tallies, you’re up first. Shorties, get ready to go on right after them. I know we are all tired and looking forward to getting out of these shoes, but just keep smiling, we’re almost... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-01-25, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

It all started in a kitchen, like many good things do. Some people were chatting around the chips and salsa, while a few introverts stood against the wall, and friends were introduced to friends of friends. It was a low-key potluck and the... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-11-30, Illustration: Shauna Jones

On June 20, 1819 the composer who was destined to pen the cancan theme song was born. His name was Jacques Offenbach. Born in Cologne, Germany, he grew to be a virtuoso cellist. At 14 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire and travelled... Read more

Yukon History