Hundreds of Winnipeg kids were in sync this morning, as part of Sharing Dance Day.
Sharing Dance Day is a celebration of the Sharing Dance program, an initiative of Canada's National Ballet School, in partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Physical and Health Education Canada.
More than 20,000 people participate in Sharing Dance Day across the country, with events being held in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver, as well as Winnipeg.
Arlene Minkhorst, director of the RWB School, says it's only 4 years old in Winnipeg. They started with 150 young people working with them, and had about 800 today.
"It's free for everybody who participates. It's just an initiative to get Canadians healthy, happy, and artistically engaged through dance," said Minkhorst this morning.
The day features various performances, and then ends with a big dance including all participants.
"There (are) lots of different ways to become engaged with Sharing Dance. We are working in the public schools system, with schools that want to participate. They can do it themselves; there's the Sharing Dance choreography every year that they can just go online and register and access themselves. We also provide teachers that come into schools and run a Sharing Dance program in schools. We have free community classes at our Royal Winnipeg Ballet building... and then we're partnering with different groups in the city," says Minkhorst. She says they're hoping to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA next year.
The choreography this time around was done by Eugene Baffoe, also known as GeNie, and Raven Spirit Dance Artistic Director Michelle Olson. The theme of this year's event is environmental stewardship, and the choreography was meant to reflect that. To go along with the theme, Recycle Everywhere, Bike Winnipeg, and Fort Whyte Alive had booths at the event, which was held at the University of Winnipeg's Axworthy Health & RecPlex.