Peter Fourlaris: Tell the reader a bit about the Concordia Dance Club, when did you form the group, and what are some of the activities this club does?
Maegan Lilly: We formed in September 2014. We are just a random group of dancers; we rehearse together and do different performances. The first year we only performed at our own event, the “S Factor.” We support Kids Help Phone, and we did everything on mental health last year, all of our dances had something to do with a mental illness or major life event that can be stigmatized, that’s actually what the “S” stood for, stigma. So that was our first debut as a group, since then we have had an act in “One Act” last semester, we’re not doing that again this semester because the “S Factor” is coming up in June. We have a couple of guest instructors coming up, and other than that, me and my VP Melissa teach most of the classes that we run. We also do fundraisers, so that we can make all of the money from the “S Factor” go to Kids Help Phone.
PF: How can someone get tickets for the “S Factor?”
ML: We are going to have tickets available at the bookstore, as well as EventBrite for pre seating. But if you don’t buy your ticket in advance you can still make a donation at the door, you just wouldn’t get priority seating.
PF: How many people are part of the Concordia Dance Club?
ML: Right now our mailing list is about 30-35 people, but most of the time we get between 6 to 10 people at each meeting.
PF: Is there a specific dance that the Club focuses on?
ML: Initially we focused on contemporary, but we’re really trying to expand.
One of the guest instructors we are having is going to do African Dance, and we also have another instructor that we are interested in who does many different types of dance. We’re trying to decide what we can provide right now, I am a trained dance teacher and Melissa spent years doing gymnastics and dance, and now circus arts, but we are looking to expand to the stuff that we don’t have experience in.
PF: Do you have any events or fundraisers coming up in the near future?
ML: I haven’t booked the dates yet, but for three weeks we’re going to be in Teglar with a pizza kit sale. The kits are from Little Ceasers, you pre order the kits and you take them home. And for three weeks we’re setting up our book sale, where we set up books, movies and music for sale. And we hopefully have enough people to be able to do a donation drive where we will split a portion of our sales with Inclusion Alberta and we’ll keep the rest.
PF: How long have you been dancing? And what is your favourite type of dance?
ML: I was four when I took my first ballet class, I started highlands dance when I was seven and that was the first one that I truly stuck with, and then when I was eleven I started ballet again, and have stuck with it since then. I did a year full time at the Edmonton School of Ballet teacher training program, and it was really fun. Since then I have just been going to places like Dance Code and Pk Dance, they do drop in classes which works best for my schedule right now.
PF: How did you first get into dance, did someone (like a parent or friend) introduce you to it?
ML: My mom took me to Edmonton School of Ballet when I was three just to see if I would be interested. When I walked in and saw everyone in their leotards and tights, and hair in a bun, I said ‘mommy, these are my people!’ And I have been hooked since then.
PF: If someone is interested in being a part of the Dance Club, how does one get in touch with you?
ML: You can email email@example.com,we also have more information if you go to OurCSA under clubs, we have a response form and information about upcoming events.
Thank you, Maegan for a great interview. I hope that this interview shows everyone how exciting the Dance Club is, and reminds everyone to keep an eye open for tickets as they go on sale for the “S Factor.”
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