I am a frequent volunteer at our local small Centre for Arts and Entertainment. This weekend I was handing out programs and seeing guests to their seats for "Love and Friendship", the 2010 Chinese Dance Recital.
The Canadian Chinese Folk Dance Group has been in existence in neighbouring Markham since 1989 and promotes Chinese heritage and culture to the many children of Chinese ethnicity who have been adopted by non-Chinese Canadian families. I got involved with this event as my Tai Chi instructor is one of the dance teachers.
Little Dai Peacocks dance. Some of the little girls are as young as 3 and 4.
Above... the Dai Water Festival dance.
And below.... Ice Fairies. So sweet.
I lost track of the names of the dances, but I think this might be the Prosperity Dance.
During the next dance, one of the tiniest dancers accidently caught sight of Mummy in the audience and her little face crumpled into tears. "Mummyyyy!" she wailed and dashed into the audience to sit on her mother's knee. The other little dancers carried on with their routine as though nothing unusual had occurred. What troupers!
Below... the Mongolian Prairie Horse Riders dance consisted mostly of vigourous galloping around the stage.
And lastly a Celebration of Love and Friendship and a Tribute to Mothers. It was Mother's Day. And there were a lot of very proud mothers, fathers and grandparents in the audience.
As a finale, each little dancer each was given a pink rose from this gorgeous display and ran into the audience to present the rose to her mother.
What a great way to spend Mother's Day!