Review by Danny Gaisin
This past weekend, WEST END STUDIO THEATRE co-opted Christine & Lisa Brkich’s TWO SISTERS DANCE PROJECT to present a seasonally oriented short recital geared towards the three to 10-year old category. Both WEST and our ARTS REVIEW fervently believe that instilling an appreciation for live performances can never begin too early. We brought our own ‘kiddlies’ (ages 6 & 5) for their first exposure to the genre. To say they were fascinated and enthralled would be understatement. They sat mesmerized!
The plot of “Legwarmers” is trivial; basically, a lost gift and a Santa who forgets his GPS as he embarks on his deliveries. Incorporating the familiar songs of the holidays; and choreographed chorus-line dances; the story unfolds within touching distance from the audience. Tap and ballet are integrated as well as a creative skit that utilizes drumsticks and Home Depot shop buckets & garbage pails.
There is a stage-front duet between Emily & Arvin. This scribe found himself watching the kids heads swivel in unison as the duo traversed stage left to right. It was reminiscent of the audiences at Wimbledon! Then, there were the young eyes…dilation would be an understatement.
Among the performers, there are a trio who are called ‘the Rocettinas’. These 18-year old dancers from York University displayed a synchronization and style worthy of the famous NYC group whose name is reflected in the trio’s title. One of the dancers began lessons at age four. Boggles the mind how such an activity will enhance their ability to focus and to appreciate discipline, something that will stand them in great advantage throughout their lives.
Given today’s myriad opportunities for sedentary activity and virtual reality experience rather than the real thing. Such events like this should be almost compulsory if our (and their) cultural futures aren’t going to be eroded and diminishing. We’re glad we went and our O.A.R. is proud of whatever little promotion we could contribute to such an important undertaking.