What does it Take to be a Can Can Dancer?
Six months of determination, of going straight to practice after work, of trying that spin and skirt flip over and over again until you get it just right. It means that when you hit the stage at Can Can Kickoff and the schedule shifts into overdrive for the rest of February, you can be proud of the character you have worked so hard to become. You learn in amazement what your body is actually capable of. Your alter ego takes to the stage like she had been there all her life, and you truly become that character the moment your costume goes on.
But there is more to can can than the stage. There are also the unlikely bonds you form with the other members of the line, fellow Yukoners that you might otherwise have overlooked in your busy life.
Here you have built lasting friendships and formed a kinship with all can can alumni – a, who are a fierce group of women bonded together through a mutual experience that can only truly be understood by those who have lived it.
You may have helped to spread Rendezvous spirit in Ottawa or Old Crow (and you may know what it feels like to beg a security guard at the end of a long day to please have mercy and let you keep your shoes on through the metal detector so that your tired feet won’t swell),
You may have taught 3rd graders how to kick the can can at Grey Mountain Primary, you may even have sung a song to dance the can can to while performing for the elderly at the Thomson Centre because the sound system was broken and you didn’t want to let them down. Everyone’s experience on the line is a little different, but all of them become lasting memories that will stay with you a lifetime.
So remember when you see these tenacious ladies on the stage at the Rendezvous main tent, or performing at an event at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, that they are ordinary people who have transformed into performers in a very short time through a lot of hard work.
Maybe give them an extra loud hoot of encouragement, because your smiles and cheers make it all worthwhile.
If you are interested in getting involved with next year’s Air North Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line, please email [email protected].