© AMY MACKENZIE – THE NEWS
A competitive dance team from Miss Carla Dance toured local schools Tuesday with an award-winning dance routine. The dancers are seen performing for Acadia Street students.
NEW GLASGOW – Local dance students performed their gold-winning routine “The moment I said it,” to students in Pictou County Tuesday. The lyrical dance sends an anti-bullying message.
Miss Carla Dance, owned by Carla Sinclair, operates out of the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sinclair said the students came up with the idea for the routine after discussing their experiences with bullying during class.
Mary Bailey said she and her fellow dancers wanted to explore the topic of bullying with their dancing because bullying is something that affects many people.
“We just thought that bullying is something that matters to so many people all over the world,” she said.
The routine captivated the students at Acadia Street School, one of the local schools that saw the performance Tuesday.
“The dance begins with one girl starting a rumour and the dance shows how it goes down the line and how bullying affects everyone,” Sinclair told the students.
At the end of the dance, all but the girl who started the rumour had fallen to the floor.
The dancers said they like being able to spread a positive message to students in Pictou County by doing what they love.
“It’s fun to get up and do what you love to do,” dancer Rachael Morrison said, adding that she enjoys any chance to perform.
“It’s true,” Sinclair added. “Just give them a stage and they come to life.”
The Miss Carla Dance students recently won gold for lyrical dance at the BATD dance festival in Halifax with this routine and dancer Sophie MacDonald won a scholarship for standing out in the category.
Sinclair said the students started dancing together in January and competed earlier this month. Sinclair said it took the students three months of preparation to perfect the dance routine and the students practise together for four to five hours a week.
Sinclair told the students at Acadia Street School that if they’re being bullied, to focus on “things that make you happy.”
The dancers will perform their anti-bullying routine again at the end of year recital for Miss Carla's Dance held at the Glasgow Square on May 25 at 6:30 p.m., May 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the recital are $15, $10 for 12 and under.
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