Transcript: We Dance/Nous Dansons | Jan 11, 1989

(music plays)

The opening sequence plays with several clips showing different landscapes of Canada and people in different activities: girls dancing, a man looking at some pictures, a woman dancing, people talking, some ballerinas warming up, girls exercising, etc.

A title reads "People Patterns, We dance- Nous Dansons."

[applause]

Joan Reed Olsen stands in a park. She is in her fifties, with short, curly dark brown hair. She wears large glasses, a light pink blouse and a blue skirt.

Joan says ON ONE OF OUR EARLIER
PROGRAMS, WE FEATURED
FIVE DANCERS FROM
TWEED, ONTARIO.
THE GIRLS SHARED THEIR
EXPERIENCES FROM A
PERFORMANCE TOUR THEY
HAD LAST YEAR, AND THEIR
ENTHUSIASM WAS SUCH THAT
WE DECIDED THAT MAYBE WE'D
FOLLOW THEM FOR A FEW DAYS
ON THIS YEAR'S SIX-WEEK TOUR.
WE WANTED TO SEE HOW THEY
HANDLED SITUATIONS IN
OWEN SOUND, KINCARDINE,
GODERICH, STRATFORD, AND
WE WERE GOING TO FINALLY
END UP WITH THEM AT THE
BLUE SKIES FESTIVAL
IN EASTERN ONTARIO.
WE'VE NO SHOOTING SCHEDULE,
WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING
TO HAPPEN BUT WHATEVER IT
IS, WE HOPE YOU LIKE IT.
I'M JOAN REED-OLSEN AND
PEOPLE PATTERNS
ON TOUR WITH
WE DANCE-NOUS DANSONS.

A woman appears on screen. She is in her thirties, with long blond hair.

A caption on screen reads "Victoria Slager."

She says THE IDEA OF WE DANCE-NOUS
DANSONS, WHEN WE STARTED,
WAS TO HAVE A DANCE
TROUPE FROM A SMALL TOWN
WHICH WOULD GIVE THE
CHILDREN, THE PEOPLE FROM
A SMALL TOWN A CHANCE TO
PERFORM FOR PEOPLE IN LARGER
PLACES AND IN SMALL
PLACES BUT AWAY FROM THAT
PARTICULAR TOWN.
SO MANY GROUPS PERFORM IN
THEIR OWN TOWN AND DON'T GO
ANYWHERE ELSE.

Another woman appears. She is in her forties, with long, curly light brown hair. She wears glasses, a black shirt and beige trousers.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Roely DeVries."

She says TO TOUR...
TO ORGANIZE THE TOUR, WE
CAN'T REALLY DO THAT UNTIL
WE KNOW WHETHER WE HAVE
GRANT MONEY, AND THAT ISN'T
UNTIL MAY.
BEFORE THAT, WE FIND OUT
ADDRESSES FOR SENIOR
CITIZENS' HOMES, WE FIND OUT
THE ADDRESSES FOR ALL THE
MAYORS OF ALL THE TOWNS
AND CITIES AND AT ONE POINT,
VICTORIA AND I WILL DRAW OUT
A MAP OF WHERE WE WOULD LIKE
TO GO, AND THEN WE CONTACT
THESE PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY,
BY THE TIME THEY RESPOND,
WE'LL HAVE HEARD WHETHER WE
HAVE THE GRANT AND IT'LL
ALL FALL TOGETHER IN JUNE.

She laughs.

[traffic din]
A long avenue filled with cars appears.

Roely continues WHEN WE LOOK FOR A PLACE TO
STAY, WE LOOK FOR ONE CLOSE
TO WHERE WE WILL BE
PERFORMING, AND THAT'S
HIT AND MISS.
SOMETIMES WE MANAGE THAT;
SOMETIMES WE DON'T.
AGAIN, IT'S NOT
ORGANIZED AHEAD OF TIME.
WE HAVE TO DO IT AS
WE COME IN TO A TOWN.
WELL, WHEN WE COME IN TO A
TOWN, WE FEEL LIKE PERFORMERS.
WHEN WE COME IN, WE DRIVE
IN, WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE GOING
TO GIVE A GIFT TO THIS PLACE
AND IT'S NOT A FRIENDLY
VISIT, IT'S NOT VISITING
FRIENDS OR VISITING
RELATIVES OR JUST STOPPING
IN FOR A CUP OF COFFEE.
WE FEEL LIKE PERFORMERS.

Now, a clip shows families in a park. They sit in lines.

Roely says WHEN WE PERFORM AT A PARK, A
CITY PARK, IF WE CAMP THERE
AS WELL, THE CAMPERS AROUND
US HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE US
GET READY FOR OUR
PERFORMANCE, SO WHEN WE
ACTUALLY PERFORM IN THAT
SAME PARK, ALL THE CAMPERS
COME AND WATCH.

(music plays)

A group of girls wearing black leotards, black tights, and colourful skirts dance in a campsite.

[jazz music]

Now, the girls dance wearing black leotards, black tights, and white bow ties and cuffs.

Victoria says THE BIGGEST
DEVELOPMENT I'VE SEEN IN
THESE GIRLS IS THAT LAST
YEAR, THEY WERE AFRAID AND
THIS YEAR, THEY ARE NOT.
LAST YEAR, THERE WERE A LOT
OF THINGS, THE NEWNESS OF
THE SITUATIONS.
A NEW SITUATION WOULD
COME UP AND THEY WOULD BE
TENTATIVE ABOUT IT.
THIS YEAR, THEY'RE
CONFIDENT, I MEAN, AND
THEY WERE BRAVE GIRLS
COMPARATIVELY LAST YEAR,
AND THIS YEAR...
AND, AND VERY, VERY
PROFESSIONAL, NOT ONLY IN
THEIR ACT ON THE STAGE BUT
IN THE WAY THEY DEAL WITH
THE PUBLIC AFTER, BECAUSE AS
YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF
TIMES WHEN WE GO OFF STAGE
AND WE'RE STILL ON STAGE,
WE'RE NOT OFF BEHIND A
CURTAIN; WE'RE STILL RIGHT
THERE, AND THEY ARE ABLE TO
FUNCTION IN THAT SORT OF
ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT ACTING
EMBARRASSED OR SILLY OR ANY
OF THOSE THINGS, AND
THAT MAKES A PRO.
WHEN YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN,
WHEN YOU CAN KEEP THAT
FEELING OF BEING AN
ENTERTAINER OFF STAGE AND ON
AND WITH THE PUBLIC, IN YOUR
DEALINGS WITH THE PUBLIC,
THEN YOU'RE A PRO.

(music plays)
The girls keep dancing.

[applause]

A woman in her mid-thirties approaches Victoria after the performance. She wears a white shirt and beige pants. A kid stands next to her.

She says to Victoria ARE YOU HAVING AS MUCH
FUN AS YOU LOOK LIKE
YOU'RE HAVING?

Victoria says OH, YOU BET.

[laughter]

Joan says I DON'T KNOW
HOW YOU DO IT.
I WAS HAVING A
BALL WATCHING YOU.

Victoria smiles and says WE ALL LOVE
TO DANCE.
I LOVE TO DANCE.

Joan says IT SHOWS.

Victoria says I'VE BEEN DOING IT
FOR 12 YEARS, AND
I STILL LOVE IT
AS MUCH AS I...
AND I DON'T KNOW.
SOMETIMES YOU'RE POOPED
BEFORE A SHOW, BUT WHEN
YOU GET ON THERE...

Joan says JUST THAT ADRENALINE
GETS GOING WITH YOU.

Victoria says DID YOU DANCE?

Joan says I USED TO DO IT YEARS AGO,
THE SAME TYPE OF THING.
I WAS BACK THERE JUST
TAPPING MY FEET.

Victoria says OH, GREAT,
I LOVE IT.

[laughter]

Victoria grabs a flyer the kid was holding.

She says to the woman THIS IS THE NAME OF THE
COMPANY, LIKE I WAS
SAYING TO YOU, AND WE'RE
FROM TWEED AND WE'VE BEEN
TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS,
AND THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR
WE GOT A GRANT TO TOUR.

Now, Roely talks with a man and a woman in their seventies. The man wears a light blue polo shirt and white bucket hat. The woman wears big glasses, a light pink shirt and sun visor hat. She carries a camera on her neck.

Roely says YES.

The man says I'M GLAD.

The woman says WILL DO THAT.

Roely continues WE DANCE-NOUS
DANSONS.

The man says I SHOULD
DECLARE MYSELF.
I AM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION
OF BROADCASTERS
COPYRIGHT COMMITTEE.

Roely says OH, I SEE.

The man continues AND WE NEGOTIATE FOR THE
MUSIC RIGHTS IN CANADA
FOR ALL RADIO
AND TELEVISION.

Roely says I SEE.

The man says AND SO I REALLY THINK
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT
SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, SO
I'LL PASS ALONG THE WORD
IN THE RIGHT
PLACE, FOR SURE.

Roely says OH, I'M SO GLAD.

[general chatter]
The dancers speak to the audience.
One of the dancers signs a picture for a girl. A man in his mid-thirties, with short brown hair approaches. He wears glasses, a navy blue polo shirt and khaki pants.

The dancer turns around and says DO I RECOGNIZE...
DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Another dancer says THIS IS BURT.

The man says YOU'RE JENNIFER
OR...?

The dancer says I'M JACKIE.

The man says YOU'RE JACKIE, OKAY.

Now, a woman in her forties, with short, curly brown hair appears on screen. She wears big glasses, a lavender blouse and a pair of denim shorts. A girl stands next to her.

She says THAT'S SO
INTERESTING.
I JUST THINK
IT'S WONDERFUL.

Another dancer says WELL, WE DO BALLET
IN THE MORNING, TOO.

The woman says SO IT'S A GOOD
START, EH?

She turns to the little girl and says THERE YOU GO,
YOUR BASICS, EH?

The dancer says I KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST
FRUSTRATING THINGS TO STUDY.

The woman says IT IS VERY, VERY
DIFFICULT BUT I THINK
FOR COORDINATION
AND FOR BALANCE,
IT'S JUST GREAT.
THERE YOU GO.
YOU'RE STARTING OFF
ON THE RIGHT FOOT.

She laughs.

The woman continues OKAY, WELL GOOD LUCK
IN THE FUTURE, AND I HOPE
EVERYTHING WORKS
OUT REALLY WELL.
AND WE REALLY ENJOYED YOUR
PERFORMANCE VERY MUCH.

The dancer says WELL, GOOD.

The woman says GOOD NIGHT.

The dancer says GOOD LUCK,
VICTORIA.

Now, the girls sit around a campfire.

Joan says EACH EVENING,
VICTORIA AND THE GIRLS
DISCUSS THE DAY'S
PERFORMANCES AND HOW TO
IMPROVE THEIR ROUTINES.
COMBINED WITH THE DAILY
ROAD TRAVELS, THIS MAKES
FOR LONG DAYS.

Victoria shows one of the dance moves.

Then, she says AFTER YOU'VE DONE
THIS THING HERE,
YOU GO BUM BA AND
THEN YOU HAVE TO TURN.

Johanna says OH, YEAH, OKAY.

Victoria keeps on showing the dance moves.

She says IT'S A SLOWER TURN.
YOU GO....
DON'T WHIP AROUND.
JUST TURN SLOWLY.

Another girl says YEAH, BUT YOUR
HANDS ARE HERE.

Johanna says YEAH, BUT THEN YOU GO BUM,
BUM, BUM, BUM, BUM, BUM.

She practices the moves.

Other girl says AND YOU DO WHAT?

Victoria says YOU PUSH.
YOU PUSH YOUR PALMS DOWN AND
YOU PUSH THE ELBOWS OUT.

Johanna RATHER THAN DAH,
DAH, DAH, DAH.

She moves her arms to the sides.

Victoria says OKAY?
THAT'S DIFFERENT.

Johanna says INSTEAD OF
THIS.

She opens and closes her hands.

Victoria says YOU PUT YOUR HAND
DOWN TO LAND,
YOU KNOW THAT?
JEN, DO YOU
KNOW THAT?

Then she says to another girl WHEN YOU DO THAT
JUMP IN FRONT OF
JOHANNA, COULD YOU MAYBE
STRETCH YOUR FRONT LEG?
IT'S BENT.
YOU KNOW THE ONE WHERE YOU'VE
JUST GONE OVER THE BACK?
AND YOU THROW
HER, THROW HER.
YOU THROW HER.

Jackie says AND WE WERE, WE
WERE LAUGHING.

Victoria continues THROW HER AROUND THE
CORNER IN CLOUDBURST.

OKAY, SO THAT HER FRONT
LEG GETS STRAIGHT.
RIGHT NOW, IT'S SORT OF A
'OUH', KIND OF LIKE THAT.
SO IF YOU THROW HER AND SHE
GETS HER FRONT LEG STRAIGHT,
THAT'LL BE BETTER.
BUT YOUR THINGS ACROSS
THE BACK ARE BETTER.

Johanna keeps practicing the moves in front of the group.

She says DAH, DAH, DAH,
DAH, DAH, BUM.

She puts her right hand over her head; then, she turns to the left and says HEY, BA, BE, DAH,
DAH, DAH, DAH, DAH.

Victoria says FIVE, SIX, SEVEN,
EIGHT, OTHERWISE
YOU'RE JUST HOPPING ON THE
SPOT FACING FRONT, SO MAKE
SURE IT TAKES THAT 16
COUNTS TO GET AROUND, OKAY?

Johanna says OKAY, SO CHARLENE AND
JENNIFER, YOU GUYS CAN
SLOW DOWN ON THE END.
SLOW DOWN FOR THOSE ONES.

[laughter]

Jackie says WHOA.
IF WE... ME AND YOU ARE
THE ONES WHO SPEED UP,
AND WE'RE TELLING
THEM TO SLOW DOWN?

Johanna says NO, WE'LL SLOW DOWN, AND
THEY CAN SLOW DOWN, TOO.

Another girl says IF WE SLOW DOWN, THEN WE'RE
GOING TO BE AHEAD OF YOU.

Johanna says NO, BECAUSE THE REASON
I GO AROUND IS BECAUSE
YOU GUYS ARE COMING
UP BESIDE ME.

Jackie says AND I ALWAYS
GET SQUISHED.

Johanna continues OTHERWISE, I'LL END UP
LIKE THIS, AND JACKIE'LL
BE LIKE THAT.

Victoria says SHE'S THE ONE THAT
DIRECTS HOW FAST YOU GO.
YOU HAVE TO STAY SHOULDER
TO SHOULDER WITH HER.
YOU STAY IN LINE, AND I
WANT YOU ON AN ANGLE
LIKE THAT, BRRRRR,
AROUND THE CORNER LIKE THAT.

Now, a camper appears on screen. The girls are sleeping while Victoria sits at a table outside.

One of the dancers says WELL, WITH SIX OF US IN
THE TRAILER, IT'S PRETTY TIGHT.
YOU'RE TRYING TO BE VERY
CALM AND, AND POLITE, BUT
A LOT OF TIMES IT'S
SORT OF YOU WANT...
ALL YOU WANT IS SOMETHING
THAT'S OVER THERE, AND IT MAY
TAKE YOU 10 MINUTES TO
GET IT, YOU KNOW, AND...
BUT IT'S... WE'VE
WORKED IT OUT.
WE'VE GONE FOUR
WEEKS NOW, AND...
IT'S BEEN OKAY.

Johanna says ONCE IN A WHILE, BEING
SO CLOSE TO ALL THE OTHER
GIRLS AND MY MOTHER AND MY
AUNT AND EVERYTHING, ONCE IN
A WHILE, WE'LL BLOW UP AT
EACH OTHER AND GET HYPER,
YOU KNOW, AND...
BUT I GUESS BEING SO CLOSE
TOGETHER AND DOING SUCH
PHYSICAL WORK TOGETHER, YOU
REALLY CLUE INTO ANOTHER
PERSON'S FEELINGS
RIGHT AWAY.
SO EVEN BEFORE A PERSON HAS
TO BLOW UP, ANOTHER PERSON
CAN GO UP TO THEM AND SAY,
"IT'S OKAY," YOU KNOW, AND
CHEER THEM UP, AND
THEN IT DIDN'T...
THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO
EXPLODE AND WE'VE ALREADY
GOT PAST IT.

[trickling water]
Roely walks by a rocky stream of water near the trailer. She holds her shoes in her hand.

Victoria walks to the trailer.

She knocks the door and says OKAY, GUYS, GRAB THE
BARRE AND LET'S GO, OKAY?

[rushing water]

Jackie says I'LL GET IT.
IT'S TOO FAR DOWN.

The girls come out of the trailer.

One of them says WHERE ARE
WE HAVING IT?

Another says SOMEBODY HELP ME.

Johanna and Jackie pick up the barre.

One of the girls says I'M A WEAKLING.

Another girl approaches and says YOU GUYS CAN'T CARRY
THE BALLET BARRE, YOU
COULDN'T CARRY
BENCHES YESTERDAY.

[laughter]

They walk carrying the barre.

Jackie is barefoot.

She says OW! OW!
WALK SLOWLY.

A girl says WHERE?

Now, Victoria and the girls practice some ballet exercises in the barre.

Victoria says THE MORNING BALLET
BARRE IS ESSENTIAL FOR ME
TO MAINTAIN THE KIND OF
PERFORMANCE LEVEL THAT
I WANT IF I'M GOING TO
PERFORM FOR ANYONE.
IT'S A REAL PAIN TO DO IT
SOMETIMES AND ESPECIALLY
WHEN WE HAVE TO DO IT THAT
EARLY IN THE MORNING,
SOMETIMES SIX, SOMETIMES
WE'VE DONE IT AT 5:30,
BUT IT SHOWS ALL OVER.
THE GIRLS ARE CONSTANTLY
BEING COMPLIMENTED ON THEIR
STYLE AND ON
THEIR, JUST ON...
AND THEIR STRENGTH AND THEIR
GRACE, AND THAT COMES JUST
FROM DOING THOSE MUNDANE
BALLET EXERCISES EVERY MORNING.
IT'S A FIRM BELIEVER.
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME NOT TO
BELIEVE IN THE BALLET BARRE.
I SEE THE RESULTS IN THEM,
THAT THEY'VE COME THIS FAR
IN SO SHORT OF TIME IS
BECAUSE OF THE BUILDING
PROCESS OF DOING THE
REPETITIVE EXERCISES EVERY
SINGLE DAY, AND ALSO, I MEAN
YOU CAN WAKE UP FIRST THING
IN THE MORNING AND DO A JAZZ
WORKSHOP AND YOU GO THROUGH
THE DAY FRANTIC, AND YOU
WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND
YOU DO A BALLET CLASS, IT
GIVES A WHOLE DIFFERENT
FEELING TO THE DAY
AND YOU ARE PREPARED.
I DON'T BELIEVE IF YOU WAKE
UP IN THE MORNING AND DO A
JAZZ, BANG, BANG, WOW, WOW,
WOW, WORKSHOP, YOU'RE GOING
TO BE PREPARED.
ALL YOU'RE GOING TO BE IS
FRANTIC, AND THAT'S WHY I DO
THAT KIND OF A WORKSHOP.
STRETCHING, SLOW
STRETCHING OF ALL OF
THE MUSCLES IN THE
BODY, IF EVERYBODY IN THE
WORLD DID THAT EVERY SINGLE
MORNING, WE WOULD NEVER HAVE
ANY SPRAINS,
STRAINS, BREAKS.
SO MANY OF THOSE WOULD BE
GONE BECAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD
BE PREPARED FOR WHAT THEY
WERE ASKING THEIR BODY TO DO.
IT'S MARVELLOUS.

She laughs.

(music plays)

A girl sits in the grass. She is in her mid-twenties, with shoulder length, light brown hair. She wears a striped t-shirt.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Jackie Moseanko."

She says WELL, LAST YEAR, WE HAD
REALLY TROUBLE WITH
GETTING UP AND
DOING THE BARRE.
THIS YEAR, IT'S
A BIT EASIER.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT...
MAYBE IT'S MORE EASIER
BECAUSE WE'VE DEVELOPED MORE
OR MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE WE'VE
DONE BALLET MORE, BUT I
DON'T MIND SO MUCH GETTING UP
ANYMORE AND DOING THE BARRE.
YOU KNOW, AS LONG AS I GET
A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP IN THE
TRAILER, IT'S
BETTER THAN A TENT.
CRAWLING OUT OF A TENT'S A
LOT HARDER THAN CRAWLING OUT
OF A TRAILER, SO
IT'S NOT TOO BAD.

Another girl appears on screen. She is in her twenties, with long blonde hair. She wears a black straw hat.

A caption on screen reads "Johanna DeVries."

She says I DON'T REALLY MIND AT
ALL GETTING UP EARLY
TO DO OUR BALLET BARRE
AND BEFORE BREAKFAST,
YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T
HAVE TIME TO DO MUCH.
YOU HAVE TO GET UP EARLY AND
YOU HAVE TO GO OUT THERE AND
WORK OUT, REALLY SWEATY HARD
WORK, YOU KNOW, FOR AN HOUR
AND A HALF, AND SOMETIMES
AFTER THAT TO REHEARSE
NUMBERS YOU DO
DURING THE DAY.
I DON'T MIND.
WELL, YOU KNOW, I COMPLAIN
BUT I DON'T REALLY MIND
BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S
WHAT MAKES YOU BETTER.

Victoria sits on a beach chair.

She says WELL, FOR MYSELF, I COULD
DO THIS ALL THE TIME.
I LOVE THIS LIFE.
THIS LIFE IS JUST
PERFECT FOR ME.
MY BODY FEELS FIT, MY MIND
FEELS ALERT, I FEEL THE MOST
ALIVE WHEN I'M
DOING THIS AND...
BUT I KNOW THAT OTHER PEOPLE
AREN'T NECESSARILY LIKE ME
AND THEY CAN GET TIRED
SOMETIMES AND THEY CAN GET
TIRED OF IT, PERHAPS,
BUT I DON'T KNOW.
THE ENTHUSIASM THAT YOU GET
BACK REALLY FEEDS A LOT
OF THE ENTHUSIASM
FOR THE GIRLS.
THE GIRLS COULD CONTINUE
AS WELL, I THINK.
THEY FEEL VERY MUCH LIKE
A TROUPE AND THEY COULD
CONTINUE, AS LONG AS THERE
WERE PEOPLE THAT WOULD LOVE
US TO DANCE FOR
THEM, YOU KNOW?

Another girl appears on screen. She is in her twenties, with short, curly brown hair. She wears a brown t-shirt.

A caption on screen reads "Jennifer Ayre."

She says WELL, SINCE I'VE BEEN
DANCING, I'VE FELT A LOT
MORE OPEN AND ABLE TO TALK
TO PEOPLE AND JUST FEEL
A LOT BETTER.
I MEAN, I USED TO WALK
DIFFERENT AND THEN NOW,
I FEEL LIKE I WALK
STRAIGHTER AND THEN I...
AND YOU JUST FEEL BETTER
YOURSELF, I THINK.
AND I'M NOT SURE WHAT I'M
GOING TO DO WITH IT, BUT
RIGHT NOW, I REALLY ENJOY IT
AND THEN I'LL PROBABLY KEEP
DANCING IN SOME WAY, BUT I
DON'T KNOW NOW, RIGHT NOW
WHAT I'M GOING TO, BUT I'M
REALLY GLAD I'M DOING IT NOW.

A new girl appears. She is in her twenties, with long blonde hair and fringes. She wears a black leotard.

The caption changes to "Charlene DeVries."

She says I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING
TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME DANCING
WITH PEOPLE THAT I
ENJOY DANCING WITH.
IT'S A GOOD
EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

Roely appears on screen.

She says WE HAVE FOUND ORGANIZING
SOMETHING LIKE THIS
FOR THE LAST TWO
SUMMERS, WE HAVE LEARNED
THAT THE CANADIAN PUBLIC
GENERALLY IS NOT USED TO A
COMPANY LIKE OURS ON
THEIR DOORSTEP REQUESTING
PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE
IN CITY EVENTS TO DANCE.
AND WE ARE FINDING THAT
THEY DON'T ALWAYS KNOW
WHAT TO DO WITH
OUR REQUEST.
I THINK THAT'S PARTLY
BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH OF IT
HAPPENS, SO SOMETIMES OUR
REQUESTS GET SHUFFLED FROM
DEPARTMENT TO DEPARTMENT
AND, VERY OFTEN, WE DON'T
RECEIVE A RESPONSE, AND I
THINK IT'S PROBABLY TO
OUR CREDIT THAT WE PUSH ON
AND DO IT ANYWAY AND THAT
WILL HELP THEM IN HANDLING
IT THE NEXT YEAR WE ASK,
YOU SEE?

A sign appears on screen. It reads "Harrison Park, welcome."
The camper drives out of the park.

Roely continues WHEN WE SEND OUT OUR
REQUESTS AND SEND OUT OUR
LETTERS TO THE CITIES, WE
SAID WE ARE SPONSORED BY THE
CANADA COUNCIL PEOPLE
THROUGH AN EXPLORATIONS
GRANT, SO OUR PRESENTATION,
OUR PERFORMANCE WOULD BE
FREE OF CHARGE TO THE
CITY AND TO ITS PEOPLE.

(music plays)
The girls perform in a gymnasium. They wear black tights and black and white striped blouses.

Victoria says AS OUR REPERTOIRE
HAS GROWN, WE'VE GROWN MORE
VERSATILE IN DEALING WITH
SPECIFIC AUDIENCES.
OUR SHOW USED TO BE MAINLY
JUST FAMILY ORIENTED, AND
THAT WOULD INCLUDE CELTIC
DANCES, OR CELTIC, WHICHEVER
WAY YOU WANT TO SAY IT, FOLK
DANCES, ETHNIC DANCES AND
THEN THE JAZZ, AND THEN WE'D
HAVE ALL THREE IN ONE AND
THEN IT WOULD APPEAL
TO A WIDE AUDIENCE.
NOW WE FIND WITH A YOUNGER
AUDIENCE, I'VE PUT TOGETHER
A JAZZ PROGRAM WHICH HAS ALL
JAZZ, AND THEY JUST LOVE
THAT, THEY EAT IT UP.
IT'S FAME STUFF, YOU KNOW?
AND THEN WE HAVE...
FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS
FOR WHOM THE JAZZ MUSIC IS
SOMETIMES JUST TOO
IRRITATING FOR THEIR EARS,
WE HAVE THE ETHNIC DANCE
SET, WHICH THEY JUST LOVE.
EVERYTHING'S REPETITIVE,
EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE AND
THEY SEE IT AND THEY CAN
JUST ENJOY IT WITHOUT HAVING
TO THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT IT.

(music plays)

Victoria stands in front of the girls and some other women and little girls. Victoria shows some stretching moves. The girls follow her.

Victoria says LONG, LONG IN THE WAIST.
LIFT UP AND DOWN AGAIN,
REACH, OH, LONG.
KEEP YOUR LEGS STRAIGHT.
IS YOUR STOMACH HANGING OUT?
DON'T LET IT.
OTHER WAY AND REACH LONG.

(music plays)

Jackie walks around the girls.

Victoria continues ONCE MORE, AND DOWN.

(music plays)

Jackie shows one of the moves to a little girl. She opens her legs forming an inverted V and stretches her arms to the floor. The girl does the same.

Victoria continues PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE
FLOOR, FLAT ON THE FLOOR.
STAY THERE!
BEND YOUR KNEES, BEND YOUR
KNEES SO YOUR BUM GOES DOWN,
THAT'S RIGHT, OKAY?

Now, Victoria shows the steps of choreography.

She says SO YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT
YOUR HEAD FIRST, THEN THIS
HAND, THEN YOUR
CLAP, ALL RIGHT?
EACH THING IS SEPARATE,
AND YOUR FEET DO THAT
THING UNDERNEATH.
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, GO.
ONE AND TWO, SNAP.

[clapping]
The girls and the women follow her.

Victoria continues ONE AND TWO, SNAP.

[clapping]

She says ONE AND TWO, SNAP.

[clapping]

Victoria says ONE AND TWO, SNAP.
ALL RIGHT, FIVE, SIX,
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, GO.

(music plays)
The girls keep dancing.

Victoria says JUMP.
UP, UP, BOOGIE.
FIVE, SIX, LOOK MYSTERIOUS.

(music plays)

She continues JUMP, JUMP, JUMP, JUMP,
UP, UP, AND BOOGIE.

(music plays)

The smiling faces of the little girls dancing appear on screen.

Victoria says FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, DOWN.
TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE,
SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, UP,
UP AND ONE, TWO, THREE,
FOUR, ONE, TWO, GOOD
GIRL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

Now, some girls and women talk about the dance routine they have just made with Victoria.

A girl says LEARNING A ROUTINE?

She chuckles and says IT WAS HARD.
YOU SIT THERE AND YOU HAVE
TO CONCENTRATE ON EVERYTHING
AND EVERYTHING WAS BANG,
BANG, BANG RIGHT AWAY, BUT
IT SEEMED TO BE A LOT OF FUN
AND WHEN YOU'RE DOING IT,
YOU'RE GETTING RIGHT INTO
IT, YOU KNOW, AND JUST GOING
DOWN AND ALL THIS
KIND OF STUFF.
BUT YOU KNOW, YOU HAD FUN
AND YOU FELT WHAT THE
DANCERS ARE FEELING,
SO WHICH WAS A LOT...
YOU KNOW, MADE YOU FEEL
BETTER AND MADE YOU UNDERSTAND
HOW THEY FELT ONCE THEY GET
IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE.

A woman in her forties says WELL, I FELT A LOT YOUNGER,
A LOT MORE VERSATILE,
BUT IT'S A LOT HARDER
THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.
AND THE GIRLS ARE VERY
ENERGETIC, FULL OF ENTHUSIASM.

Another woman says IT REALLY GOT
YOU WORKING.
YOU KNOW, I FEEL AS THOUGH I'VE
BEEN WORKING HARD ALL DAY
DOING THIS.
IT WAS FUN, AND THEY
WERE REALLY EXCELLENT.
I REALLY ENJOYED
THE PROGRAM.

Images of a park pass by.

Joan says RARELY DO THE
GIRLS BEGIN A PROGRAM
WITH NO AUDIENCE AT ALL, BUT
IT DID HAPPEN ON A COLD,
WINDY NOON HOUR AT THE
COURTHOUSE PARK IN GODERICH.

Victoria and the girls prepare for a program.

Jennifer says WHEN IT'S JUST A
FEW, IT REALLY BOTHERS ME.
I FEEL LIKE...
LIKE, I KNOW I'M A DANCER, I
KNOW I'M PAID TO DO IT, AND I
KNOW I SHOULD BE THERE TO DO
IT, BUT TO GET OUT AND DO...
TO DO SOMETHING FOR THAT
LITTLE PEOPLE IS REALLY HARD.
LIKE, IT'S HARD TO MAKE A
FACE, LIKE IT'S HARD TO PUT
A LOT OUT, BUT WHEN THE
PEOPLE START TO COME, IT
MAKES ME FEEL REALLY GOOD
AND I CAN JUST HAVE A BALL.
THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SO
MUCH ADVERTISING THERE, YOU
KNOW, AND THEN I GOT THERE
AND THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
SO MANY PEOPLE AND THERE WAS
NOTHING AND IT REALLY...
IT WAS A REAL LET DOWN, YOU
KNOW, AND IF, AND IF THAT
STARTS...
IF I GET LET DOWN THAT WAY,
THEN IT SORT OF DRAGS ON
THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF THE
PERFORMANCE UNTIL PEOPLE
DO START TO COME.

[Celtic music]
The girls dance.

Victoria says THE MAIN PROBLEM HAS
BEEN THE LACK OF ADVANCED
PUBLICITY, BECAUSE I JUST...
I WANT TO GIVE THE SHOW TO
SO MANY PEOPLE AND WHEN YOU
GET SO MANY POSITIVE
REACTIONS FROM THE PEOPLE
THAT DO COME, YOU JUST WANT
TO GATHER UP MORE PEOPLE,
AND PEOPLE ARE...
THE THING THAT I ALWAYS
HEAR THAT JUST KILLS ME IS,
"I'M SO SORRY WE DIDN'T KNOW
ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THEN AUNT
ETHEL WOULD HAVE COME AND
UNCLE MARTIN AND FRED AND
GINGER AND EVERYBODY," YOU
KNOW, AND THEN YOU'RE ALREADY
IN THE NEXT TOWN
THE NEXT DAY.

[Celtic music]

[rushing water]
The girls swim and enjoy a small cascade.

One of the girls says THE OTHER DAY, WE
WERE AT A CAMPGROUND NEAR
GODERICH AND AFTER
BALLET BARRE, WE...
THERE WAS THESE REALLY NICE
FALLS AND WE ALL WENT FOR A
SWIM AND IT WAS GREAT.
BUT WE DO HAVE A LOT OF TIME
IN BETWEEN PROGRAMS SOMETIMES.
SOME DAYS WE
HAVE A LOT OF...
WE MAY HAVE FOUR PROGRAMS,
BUT THERE IS SOME DAYS WHERE
WE MIGHT HAVE ONE OR TWO, AND
SO WE DO ALL SORTS OF THINGS.

She chuckles.

The, she continues WE... ONE DAY, WE WENT
HORSEBACK RIDING FOR AN HOUR,
AND THAT WAS GREAT.
AND WE'VE GONE GO-KART
RIDING A COUPLE OF TIMES.
AND WE TRY TO DO A
LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS.
IT JUST BREAKS UP THE DAY.

[rushing water]
The girls jump to the water.

Now, the girls are ready to perform.

Charlene says WHEN DO I GO ON?

Victoria says YOU GO ON AFTER...
NO, AFTER HER.
BECAUSE YOU'RE THERE, RIGHT?

Johanna says RIGHT.

YOU'RE IN FRONT.

Victoria says JUST THINK OF WHAT
IT LOOKS LIKE
ONCE YOU'RE ON
THERE, OKAY?

Jennifer says BOTH WALK ON FIRST.

Johanna says I WALK ON, SHE
WALKS ON...

Victoria says THIS, AND YOU
GO OVER HERE.
OKAY.

A woman walks with two elderly women by a corridor.

She says COME ON.
YOU'RE GOING TO
SEE THE DANCERS.
DON'T YOU GO KICKING UP YOUR
HEELS WHEN YOU SEE THEM.
LOOK AT HOW
PRETTY THEY ARE.
FIFTY YEARS AGO,
I LOOKED LIKE THAT.

[laughter]

She looks to the girls and says FIFTY YEARS AGO.
I HOPE SOMEDAY
YOU'LL BE ABLE TO.

[folk music]
The girls perform in a nursing home. Some elderly women move their heads to the music, some other clap their hands.

An woman in her late seventies says I ALWAYS ENJOYED DANCING, AND
I LOVE TO SEE DANCING, TOO.

Jackie says YEAH, WELL
THAT'S GOOD.

The woman says AND I THOUGHT YOU GIRLS WERE
SO NIMBLE AND SO GRACEFUL
AND, OH MY, DOING ALL
THOSE DANCES WAS JUST A JOY
TO WATCH AND YOU CERTAINLY
GAVE US A HAPPY AFTERNOON.

Jackie smiles and says AW, GOOD.

Now, the girls talk with the elderly.

One of the girls says WE DANCE A LOT FOR
SENIOR CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY
IN THE SUMMER, AND IT'S
REALLY NICE FOR US TO DANCE
FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE
A REALLY GREAT AUDIENCE.
THEY SEEM TO REALLY
APPRECIATE US, AND IT'S
SO NICE TO SEE THESE OLD
PEOPLE JUST LIGHT UP WHEN WE
DANCE AND CLAP AND SOME EVEN
CRY, AND IT'S JUST REALLY
NICE TO WARM THEIR HEARTS,
AS SOME OF THEM SAY, YOU
KNOW, AND IT MAKES YOU
FEEL REALLY GOOD JUST TO
MAKE THEM HAPPY.

Victoria says YOU KNOW WHERE
TWEED IS?

A man says NO.

Victoria says DO YOU KNOW WHERE
BELLEVILLE IS?

The man says OH, YES.

Victoria continues WELL, IT'S JUST
NORTH OF BELLEVILLE,
ABOUT 30 MILES
NORTH OF BELLEVILLE.

The man says OH, YEAH.

Victoria says IT'S ABOUT THIS BIG.

She makes a circle with her fingers.

The man says OH, YES.

[chuckling]

Victoria continues AND IF YOU DRIVE TOO
FAST, YOU'LL MISS IT.

The man says OH, YEAH.

Victoria says BUT ALL OF THE GIRLS YOU
SAW TODAY COME FROM THERE,
FROM TWEED.

Now, the trailer moves through a driveway.

Then, the girls try to put up their beds.

Jackie says I CAN'T PUT THIS UP
WITH SIX PEOPLE IN HERE.
OKAY, WELL LET'S
PUT IT UP.

Charlene says OKAY, FLIP THIS OUT.

Jennifer says WAIT.
NO, GIVE ME
MY PURSE.

JOHANNA, WHAT
ARE YOU DOING?

Victoria gets into her tent.

She closes the zipper of the mosquito net and says NO MOSQUITOES!

Jennifer holds a squished straw hat and says OH, JOHANNA.
OH, NO.

Jackie says SHE DID IT AGAIN!
NOT ME,
NOT ME!

[laughter]

Jennifer says JOHANNA, YOUR
SUITCASE WAS ON IT.
I DIDN'T DO IT.

[laughing-squealing]

Jennifer says I DIDN'T DO IT.

[laughter]

Johanna grabs the straw hat.

Jennifer says YOUR
SUITCASE
WAS ON IT, JO.

[crackling fire]

[fiddle music-clapping]

Fast clips show the girls dancing in different places.

The trailer is on the road again.

Roely says SOMEBODY CLUE JACKIE
IN AS TO WHERE WE'RE GOING
AND WHAT BLUE
SKIES IS ALL ABOUT.

Jackie opens a map and says YEAH,
I'D LIKE TO KNOW.
WHERE, WHERE...
WHICH WAY ARE
WE GOING HERE?

Jennifer grabs the map and says WE'LL SHOW
YOU, JACKIE.

Charlene says IT'S A LITTLE ROUGH.

Johanna says IT'S A LITTLE TOWN.
IT'S NEAR...
A LITTLE TOWN CALLED
CLARENDON WHICH ONLY
HAS ONE STORE AND YOU
CAN GET GOODIES THERE.

Jackie says ONE STORE, EH?

Johanna says YOU CAN GET
CHEESIES AND CHIPS.

Jennifer says IT'S REALLY SMALL.

Now, Victoria and the girls are in a campsite. Victoria puts up a dance routine. People in the campsite join them.

Victoria says FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, GO.
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR,
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.
ONE, TWO, THREE, TURN, STEP,
TOGETHER, STEP AND ONE, TWO,
THREE, STOP, ONE, TWO,
THREE, DOWN, ONE, TWO,
THREE, SKY, FRONT, STEP,
BANG, AND ONE, TWO,
TOGETHER, TOGETHER,
RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT.
ONE, TWO, THREE, TOUCH,
STEP, TURN, STEP, FINISH.
HANG ON, GOOD.
THAT'S GOOD.
ONE MORE.

[Celtic music]

The girls perform in an outdoor stage.

Victoria says WE'VE BEEN ON THE
ROAD, AS YOU KNOW, FOR...
THIS IS THE END OF OUR
FOURTH WEEK AND WE HAD
THIS PLANNED BEFOREHAND.
THERE WERE SOME WEEKENDS
THAT WE WOULD BE GOING HOME
AND SOME WEEKENDS THAT WE
WOULD NOT, AND THIS FESTIVAL
HERE, BLUE SKIES
FESTIVAL, WE ARE...
IT'S A TRADITION FOR US.
WE'VE ALWAYS COME HERE BUT
NOT ALWAYS AS PERFORMERS,
AND WE FEEL VERY GREAT
ABOUT BEING HERE.
IT'S NICE, TOO, BECAUSE ON
THE ROAD SOMETIMES WE DO TWO
AND THREE SHOWS A DAY.
HERE, WE HAVE ONE SHOW, ONE
WORKSHOP AND PEOPLE GET
TO KNOW YOU.
YOU'RE IN THE SAME
PLACE FOR TWO DAYS.

[Celtic music]

The end credits roll.

Cinematographer, Robert Brooks C.S.C

Camera assistant, Ryan McMaster

Sound recordist, Ian Hendry

Telecine transfer, Guy Nason

Videotape editor, David Bevan

Unit manager, Rodger G. Lawson

Production assistant, Mary Louise Lynde

Producer-director, Joan Reed Olsen.

A production of TVOntario, copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1983.

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