A dance team at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School has stepped up to bring a little cheer to the community.
Despite a busy year performing at various school functions, the team eagerly travelled to St, Joseph's Villa in Dundas to showcase a number of routines for its residents, which included samples of jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. This is the second year the dancers have gone into the community to share their talents.
Under the direction of Teacher Erica Battaglia, students are taught to look at dance as more than a physical activity.
"It's about the 'why' and the 'how' behind our dance," she said. "Why are we doing this dance? How can we use it to grow as dancers and as people? How can we use dance to inspire change? to send a message?”
“This event wasn't about mastering their turn or having a perfect performance. It was about using their God given talent of dance to bring a smile to the elderly faces watching.”
“And they did just that.”
Taking the message to heart, students used their performance as a means to connect with the elderly beyond the scope of dance.
“When the show ended, the staff asked if some dancers would be willing to help bring the residents back to their rooms. Each dancer had a one-on-one interaction with their assigned resident as they travelled back to their rooms. It was heartwarming to see these teenagers demonstrate such compassion and kindness towards the residents.”