Hard work pays off for troupe

Oak Bay High’s 2011 dance troupe grads wound up their final year with the recent Evening of Dance performance.

Oak Bay High’s 2011 dance troupe grads wound up their final year with the recent Evening of Dance performance.

By Clara Bradley

Each year, Oak Bay High’s dance program hosts two performances for the community.

Though they last only two nights each, the events impact the dancers’ lives for many weeks prior.

The Evening of Dance held May 17 and 18 was no exception, as dancers rehearsed for months beforehand, including a one-day 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. marathon inside Oak Bay’s basement dance studio.

The hard work really paid off. On show night, any frustration over lack of sleep, relaxation or homework time disappeared in the midst of the moment.

Grade 12 dance troupe member Emily Chan, described the atmosphere in one word, “Adrenaline!”

The May show was the last Evening of Dance for 17 students and it was difficult to see it end.

As Grade 12 dancer Brenna Rolph said, “When you put so much work into something, it is hard for it to be over.”