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Dance Magic concludes fantastic year

Times-Herald Staff
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All the eyes will be on a group of cute little three and four year-olds this weekend.

Dancers and representatives from the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank strike a pose with all of the donated food at Dance Images by BJ's annual Dancing for Hunger event at Peacock Collegiate on March 29, 2014.

The Dance Magic 2014 Happy Dancin'! year-end recital at Peacock Auditorium will see over 270 dancers from ages three to 20-plus perform 56 numbers on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Barb Jackman, owner and director of  Dance Imagesbybj, it's the youngest dancers who steal the show each year.

"They are just so darn cute and it's kind of their first time," Jackman said. "When you see them dance and see the seniors dance — this year we have seven dancers graduating — you look at them and all they accomplish and you know they were three year-olds at one point." 

Tickets for the two performances — Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. — are $17 for adults and $10 for children. The dances will range from jazz, tap, and ballet.

"It's going to be a great showcase of all of these children's hard work. We have some fantastic numbers and I don't think anyone would be disappointed in coming out and seeing the show," said Jackman.

The performances will conclude a successful year for the studio, which had a group perform in the Moscow Ballet's showing of the Nutcracker and won the Mosaic Dance Off at the Moose Jaw Dance Festival. The studio also had success fundraising this year for the Kids Helping Kids initiative that raised $11,000 for Creative Kids Saskatchewan.

"It really touched home to many of us, because we all know that there are a lot of families who can't afford dancing, said Jackman.  "So, that really enabled a lot of children to get into dancing."

The initiative ended up being recognized by the Chamber of Commerce by being named the group of the year.

Tickets for this weekend can be purchased at the danceimagesbybj studio at 77 Iroquois St. West.

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Dance Magic, Moscow Ballet, Kids Helping Kids Creative Kids Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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