Happy || Pharrell Williams

If this performance doesn’t make you smile from ear to ear, you should go stand in a corner and give yourself a time out. No Debbie Downers allowed!

This opening performance obviously rocked my socks off! When Pharrell emerged wearing sparkly red sneakers and his Vivienne Westwood iconic hat with a group of talented dancers, I was already grinning. With award-winning choreography by Fatima Robinson, the hit song “Happy” produced for the highly popular movie, Despicable Me 2, reigns as a top Academy Award 2014 performance! I especially loved when Pharrell did a shimmy with Meryl Streep and danced with Lupita Nyong’o and Amy Adams!  This is proof that dance and great music will always bring people together :)

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Here is the original video of Pharrell’s Happy video. Put on your happy pants and do a little dance.

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Alberta Ballet || The Nutcracker

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Klara || Photo by Paul McGrath

Words by Kate Wotherspoon
CALGARY, AB December 2013

Remembering the magic from when I was a little girl, you can’t imagine my excitement to be able to see Alberta Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker once again.

Comfortable in our seats, the backdrop even got us excited with it’s incredible detail and representation of a snowy evening in St. Petersburg. Opening night began with a speech from Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, he not only welcomed the crowd wearing a dapper tail tuxedo jacket, but appeared in the first number at Vishinsky’s party!

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The Nutcracker || Photo by Darren Makoivichuk

I like to think, magic on stage truly comes to life when you have an incredible on and off stage team. It’s not just what the naked eye sees but stems from an incredible line of intelligent and extremely creative individuals.  Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the choreography by Edmond Stripe, Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director, Jean Grand-Maître, the conductor, Peter Dala, the costume and set designer, Zack Brown and of course the stage would not be seen without the genius lighting designer, Pierre Lavoie. Each and everyone of them bring the characters and scenes to life.

The Nutcracker is more than just a holiday classic, it allows young aspiring ballerinas the chance to perform with professional dancers and in a renowned theatre like the Jubilee Auditorium. It brings all walks of life to the audience and helps adults remember what it was like to be a child dreaming wildly at this time of year.

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Snow Tsarina || Photo by Charles Hope

Klara, played by Akiko Ishii and her Nutcracker, Yukichi Hattori expressed a stunning chemistry and executed the choreography beautifully. Yet, one of my favorites from the evening had to be the Arabian trio.  Played by Reilley Bell, Kelley McKinlay and Colby Parsons, I was completely entranced by their dance. Bell’s flexibility and talent to show such versatility of movement within the ballet choreography was breathtaking.

I was moved by this exceptional holiday classic. Alberta Ballet is truly an outstanding company and I look forward to seeing their next flawless production!

Photo by Charles Hope

Photo by Charles Hope

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Snow Tsarina with her Stunning Snowflakes || Photo by Paul McGrath

If you have a chance to see The Nutcracker before their closing night on December 24th, please visit albertaballet.com or 403-245-4549 for tickets!

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Happy Holidays!!!

PNE 2012 & Hip Hop Workshop

VANCOUVER, AUGUST 2012
Words & Photos by Kate Wotherspoon

This past week, my days off from work were filled with some pretty memorable moments. I performed at PNE with a stacked group of dancers under the 247 Company & Friends Show and my good friend from Toronto, Mark Samuels, taught a hip hop workshop at Harbour Dance Centre.  Both the show and the workshop generated incredible vibes and it’s times like those when I’m so grateful to be able to surround myself with top notch talent. Vancouver reps hard!

There will be videos posted soon from both events, but for now, here are some photos…

Note: Check out all the hype outfits these dancers rock out. Just awesome! Love them all.

PNE || NO BOYS ALLOWED ft. (Left to Right) Taylor, Shay, Daniela, Anne, Abbey, Randa, Carmen, Me, Sharon, Rina and Roberta!

PNE || Scott and I

PNE || Scott & Stu… If you know Stu, I’m sure he’s given you one of his famous massages. The facials are priceless.

PNE || Kristen, Ashley, Me & Scott

PNE || Sammie, Stu and Ben || Check out Stu’s meal.. dammmnn

PNE || I like chicken || Ben & I

After Class || Akshun, Mark, JB & Jerome

After Class || Michael aka Akshun, lookin fresh!

Mark & I || Missed this guy!

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Thanks for checking it out, stay tuned for videos!

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