- Our Town
Come and be in sync on Canada Day
Bowen is about to get in sync and a handful of brave islanders gave a taste of what that means to ferry passengers on a recent crossing by volunteering to learn a dance. It all comes courtesy of a dance group called ‘Bowen In Synchronized Motion’ – or BInSync.
BInSync was started by island dancer/choreographer Gail Lotenberg and binsync.net explains it entails a “body of signature dances made by and for Bowen Islanders” that offer “a new way to come together at public events.”
Lotenberg, who has performed and taught all over the country, got the notion to bring islanders together through the language of dance and formed BInSync with a view to conducting a massive, uniquely Bowen dance at the July 1 Canada Day celebrations. They expect to have well over 100 dancers at the event – maybe even you.
Currently the group has conducted some 12 workshops with islanders of all ages, including BICS students, IPS students, Island Discovery Learning Community students and the public. On the June 20, 4:50 p.m. crossing on the Queen of Capilano, BInSync dancers enlisted a handful of volunteers and taught them a uniquely Bowen dance routine near the cafeteria as fellow-passengers looked on. Among the volunteers was former councillor Nerys Poole, who unquestionably had some pretty good moves.
Poole and the other volunteers learned the dance before the ferry docked, thanks to their willingness, Lotenberg’s strong voice and talent, along with the prowess of BInSync members Twyla Lotenberg and Eliana Yaron, her dad Gil, and Eryn Jackson.
There is still a public workshop left, at BICS on the blacktop at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. BInSync encourages Bowen to come and prepare to be part of the island’s largest dance event ever.
You are invited, Lotenberg said, to come and BInSync at the Canada Day dance extravaganza on the Bowfest field.