Sackville dance studio set to perform Alice, A Dance Tale

Production features dancers ages 2 to 21, variety of dance styles


Published on May 17, 2017

This year’s cast of characters for Perpetual Motion Dance Studio’s production of Alice, A Dance Tale includes Risha McKenney as the Queen of Hearts, Leah Wilton as Alice, Molly Dysart as the White Rabbit and Veronica Ouelette as the Mad Hatter, among many other local dancers.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – More than 170 local dancers will take the stage at Convocation Hall next weekend as they bring their audience on a journey into Wonderland during their annual production of Alice, A Dance Tale.

Ranging in age from two to 21, the dancers are members of Perpetual Motion Dance Studio and will be showcasing a variety of dance styles throughout the show – from jazz to hip hop, from acro to ballet, from contemporary to tap.

The show was an inspiration of artistic director Renee Rioux. With the help of her teaching staff and guest choreographers, Alice, a Dance Tale has come to life for its third year with a cast of extraordinary characters – from the high-strung Queen of Hearts to the sinuous caterpillar, dancing cards and the eccentric Mad Hatter, just to name a few.

I wish everyone could share in the behind-the-scene moments and feel the same amount of gratitude, joy and amazement that I feel every day in the studio watching generations of dancers getting ready to take the stage.

Renee Rioux

“I wish everyone could share in the behind-the-scene moments and feel the same amount of gratitude, joy and amazement that I feel every day in the studio watching generations of dancers getting ready to take the stage,” said Rioux.

“It’s work, yet not work. It feeds the soul and lifts our spirits. The dancers’ faces light up the moment the music starts or they get to try on a new costume. There is a tremendous sense of accomplishment after having worked so hard. The countdown has begun and the excitement is building,” she added.

Risha McKenney will play the role of the Queen of Hearts in this year’s Perpetual Motion Dance Studio production of Alice, A Dance Tale.
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Joining the show this year is production director and set designer Rene Poirier. Poirier has worked in film and theatre throughout Canada. Rioux said his years of expertise and keen eye has elevated the show on multiple levels including colorful sets, costumes and lighting. The sets have been painted by local renowned artist Alexandrya Eaton.

Teachers, dancers, parents, and volunteers alike have been working fearlessly on the show since January. Rioux said the show is highly entertaining and guaranteed to please crowds young and old alike.

“This year’s production has surpassed my expectations,” she said. “The dancers are stronger and more confident. The teachers are phenomenal and talented choreographers. And none of this would be possible without the support of the parents and the community.”

There will be three performances of the show, one on Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m. and two on Sunday, May 28, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m., at Convocation Hall in Sackville. Major sponsors this year include the Sackville Commons and Cumberland Honda.

Perpetual Motion Dance Studio’s upcoming production of Alice, A Dance Tale will feature over 170 local dancers, including Veronica Ouelette as the Mad Hatter.
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Tickets are available at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio and Tidewater Books in advance and will also be available at the door the day of the show. Advanced tickets are $23 for adults, $12 for youths/students and $25 and $15 at the door. Toddlers get in free.

This year there will be a curated professional art exhibition and sale to go along with the Perpetual Motion Dance Studio performance. The show will be up all weekend in the lobby and second floor of Convocation Hall from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28. The opening will take place on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Admission to the art exhibit will be free.