MI Dance Academy Finishes 2015/2016 Dance Season Fort McMurray Strong

The MI Dance Academy at MacDonald Island Park finished the 2015/2016 season with a successful competition for the MI Festival Team, as well as a rescheduling of the annual year end recital.

The mandatory evacuation of Fort McMurray on May 3rd and subsequent evacuations of surrounding communities created challenging conditions for the instructors and dance students, particularly as the MI Festival Team was scheduled to participate in the Nova Dance Challenge II in Camrose, Alberta from May 20-23. Despite the challenges, including dancers displaced from their homes and missing costumes and shoes, the instructors at MI Dance Academy and the dance students and parents made the determination that “the show must go on”, and thanks to donations from various dance schools and studios across Alberta and British Columbia the students were able to participate as scheduled.

“It is during times such as this we see the importance of the support of our neighbours, including those in the dance community,” said Annette Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) and operators of MacDonald Island Park and MI Dance Academy. “On behalf of our instructors, our students, our dance families and our entire organization, I extend our sincere thanks to everyone who made the participation of our students possible. We are so very grateful our students could be part of this competition, as doing so was so beneficial for their spirits and allowed them to continue to dance and smile despite all that has happened in our community.”

The MI Festival Team not only participated but showed their strength, capturing several High Gold and Gold awards, as well as many other awards, for their hard work and efforts.

Additionally, the MI Dance Academy has decided to reschedule the 2015/2016 year end recital originally scheduled to take place June 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The recital, entitled “We are the Movers, Shakers and Dream Makers” will now take place later this summer, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Said Antoniak: “We feel it is very important to provide our dance students with the opportunity to showcase their work from this season. We are so proud of all our dance students, and look forward to celebrating their achievements with them.  While it will be slightly delayed, we hope the rescheduled recital will create some normalcy for both our students and their families as we enter into the recovery and rebuilding phase in our community. At MacDonald Island Park and the RRC our focus is to support our residents, and we will continue to work towards this goal, both through the dance academy and in every other aspect of our operations.”

More details on the rescheduled recital will be available in coming weeks. 

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