Dancestreams hits the stage in Campbell River this Saturday. Dancestreams is an electic mix of dance styles

Travelling dance troupe to hit local stage

Dancestreams Youth Dance Company will be appearing at the Campbell River Community Centre

Dancestreams Youth Dance Company, an outstanding group of young dancers from all over Vancouver Island, including three from Campbell River, will be appearing at the Campbell River Community Centre on Saturday.

The company will be presenting an eclectic mix of choreography created by Hannah Stilwell, Maiko Miyauchi, Serge Bennathan, and others.

Dancestreams will be sharing the dance floor with local dancers from Urban Dance Connection as well as guest musical artists and String Bridge Theory from Vancouver.

Edward St. Moritz and Allannah Dow are String Bridge Theory.

They present a lively and eclectic musical collaboration exploring the soundscapes from Renaissance through classical, folk and original material on guitar and cello.

Among the repertoire to be performed by Dancestreams, is a piece choreographed by Hannah Stilwell, a co-founder of Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. “Con Swing Por Favor” is a jazzy, energetic number sure to have you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers. This piece is rooted in Afro-Cuban dance.

Maiko Miyauchi’s new work “Ka-Men” (mask in Japanese) arises from the Dancestreams summer workshop Art and the Dancer.

Participants worked with visual artist Sara Stone to create plaster masks and with Maiko to explore the use of the mask with movement.

Formed in 1985 to support the needs of the most talented teen dancers on Vancouver Island, Dancestreams brings dancers, ages 13-17, together from several communities every Sunday from September to May.

These dedicated young people travel great distances and commit to six hours of classes and rehearsals every Sunday for the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s top professional choreographers and guest teachers.

Dancestreams has toured both within and outside of Canada, including China, Los Angeles, Germany and Belgium.

This season’s company includes dancers from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Qualicum, Parksville, and Nanaimo.

Advance ticekts are available at Campbell River Visitor’s Centre $12 adults/$10 youth in advance; $15/$12 at the door.

The show starts at 7 p.m.