This is my 3rd year as a Masterworks parent, and I'm just finding out what B-sides is, both in the meaning of the word, and the event itself! In case anyone else is in the dark, I thought I would enlighten everyone with this blog post.
The term "B-side" refers to the other side of the record, where an artist would often record songs of a more personal nature, re-mixes, instrumentals etc. not expected to become hits.
Masterworks' B-sides show is also more.artsy, eclectic, and intimate than the year-end recital. While recital is the main focus, this show contains treasures you won't see at recital, including: student choreography and teacher dances (although not this year). This is a show where choreographers have more freedom, as there's no theme to follow. It's an opportunity for the advanced dancers to share. The performance team is featured, plus the linking team, the level 3 (advanced) classes, and the Hip Hop team, plus Musical Theatre will showcase a number from their upcoming Spring Performance.
Just as with the Christmas show, B-sides is only about an hour long--just right. Everyone that goes, seems to love it.
Another feature of the evening is collaboration with other artists/musicians. This year, Masterworks is opening the evening with the "Asante Choir". (Asante Ministries Canada is a family of individuals and organizations caring for orphans, widows, and the needy in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Their dream is to see a new generation of Africans become agents of change by overcoming life’s challenges of poverty, illiteracy and disease). "The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colourful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform". (see Asante). Note: Masterworks is hosting them overnight and appreciates help with bedding, food, and costs. See front desk or call 946-5617.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. They can be purchased online for about $9 ($9.08 to be exact). Any profits from ticket sales go towards the summer camp subsidy program.
There will be a "love" offering for the choir to help them in their mission, as well.
The venue is St. Boniface College - Salle Martial Caron Theatre - Room 1211
200 Avenue de la Cathedrale
Please note: There are two show times! 6:00 - 7:00 and 7:45 to 8:45
All students who are participating should have received information on arrival times, food needs, and other important things to know.
Online ticket sales: Show 1 Show 2
(You can also still get tickets at Masterworks).
Michal Goertzen, one of our dance teachers, was away this fall and has this story to share:
As some of you may know, I spent the last three months working at a Baby’s Home in Uganda. Amani Baby Cottage was started in 2003 to care for orphaned and abandoned children. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and the mouth of the Nile River. For most of my life it has been a dream of mine to do mission work over seas. I never knew exactly what that would look like, but children do hold my a very special place in my heart. I found out about this orphanage through family friends (who also dance at Masterworks!), and since then it has been in the back of my mind, the idea swirling around.
After graduating from university this past year I decided it was time to take a leap of faith, stepping out of my comfort zone and into Uganda.
Before I left I had no idea what to expect about my time away. Now I can say a little more. I spent my days playing with and caring for 50 children ranging in age from 5 months to 6 years old. We played games, read books, dressed up, and sang lots of songs.
I met many people, and the culture of hospitality and generosity there is absolutely incredible. It’s hard to put into words everything that I experienced and all of the friends I made, but it was an amazing blessing. I felt so welcomed and cared for and it inspired me to do the same.
Aside from spending my days with the beautiful children at the Baby’s Home I was also privileged enough to be able to visit numerous villages surrounding Jinja, the town I lived in. Every Saturday I helped with a kids club run in the community of Budondo, and I also joined the social workers from Amani on many trips to visit family members of the children in our care.
After spending a life changing three months getting to know the beautiful people of Uganda I got on a plane and came home to Winnipeg. It was very hard to leave but it has also been absolutely wonderful to come home. The cold has been a bit of a shock (although I’ve been told that it has actually been pretty mild so far!) I have a lot more unknowns in my life now than I thought I would, but one thing that I know for sure is how excited I am to be back at Masterworks and teaching Hip Hop! I love dancing and I am so happy to be back with my students. I am looking forward to challenging them more and I expect to be challenged by them as well!
My 9-12 year old Level 2 Hip Hop class is performing in B-Sides on February 6, so if you are interested in seeing what we have been up to, please come to our show!!
After a nice break over Christmas, dancers and artists are getting back into the groove. Perhaps muscles are a bit more sore than usual!
Beginning a new year in the middle of the dance/school year makes for a time of reflection and time of setting new intentions and goals.
For students, what has been special about this year so far? What has been life-giving? What has been a struggle? Are you still trying your best or have you given up in any of your classes? Is there anything you need to talk to your teacher about? Ask your teacher? What do you want to work on? How will you stay motivated?
For parents, what positive things are you seeing in your children's experience at Masterworks? How are they growing? In confidence? Skill? Artistry? Strength? Do you sense an enjoyment and excitement from your kids? Are they struggling or frustrated? Have you met their teachers? Are you feeling connected to or separated from your kids' experience? Are you succeeding at getting them there on time and prepared or is that a struggle? Is there anything you need to talk to Masterworks or a teacher about?
Take some time to reflect. Then, take a few moments for gratitude. Maybe you'd like to turn it into prayer to God, or an expression of appreciation to a teacher or the studio as a whole. Where you'd like to see change, make a plan. Then take the first step!
The start of a New Year, even if it's in the middle of the learning year, is a gift. For it helps us turn our thoughts inward and forward, so we can make the most of what we're learning.
May "mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance"* in 2016. Happy New Year!
* Jude 1:2 (NIV)