Pandemic can’t dampen dancing spirit


PHOTOS COURTESY CASEY COSTELLO

(From left to right): Team Blue – Mackenzie; Team Red – Addison; Team Yellow – Marjane, and Team Yellow – Seanna are four of the 44 dancers who participated in a Dance-A-Thon Saturday, May 9 to raise money for charity.

Since social distancing came into effect due to the coronavirus, Costello Irish Dance team has transferred all classes and activities online. In an effort to keep the dancers engaged, founder Casey Costello and his team have been giving their students weekly challenges. Last week’s challenge was a Virtual Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser. The dancers raised money in an effort to support three different COVID-19 related initiatives:

- Montreal Children's Hospital (Team Red) - Family Resource Centre (Team Yellow) - Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank in Hudson (Team Blue)

As a school from Vaudreuil-Soulanges with dancers ranging in age from three to 15 years, the team felt all three area community-based organizations were important to support. The dancers in the school were divided into three teams, each team representing one of the charities. Their team colour had to be incorporated in their outfit.

Each dancer was timed for how long they danced throughout the 60-minute Dance-A-Thon. We did two different dances – the Light Jig and the Reel (each 30 minutes). While the students were encouraged to dance the whole time, they were also allowed to take water breaks. The team with the highest average dance time would be declared the winners. All funds raised were pooled together then distributed according to the following percentages: the winning team would have 50 per cent of the funds donated to their charity; the other two teams would have 25 per cent of the funds raised donated to their charities. In total, 44 dancers participated and while the fundraising goal was $400, the dancers raised more than 10 times that goal – $4170!

Team Yellow was the winning team with an average dancing time of 57 minutes and 22 seconds. This means final tally will be $2085 to the Family Resource Centre, $1042.50 to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and $1042.50 to the Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank in Hudson. If you would like to see a recording of the Dance-A-Thon, please see the links below. The first link is for the Light Jig portion while the second is for the Reel.

See more photos on our Facebook page. youtu.be/pcExTi0pQpM

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