Dance Blast is a four day Dance Festival held in Prince Albert at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts. It was held March 10-13, 2022. Dance Blast included 422 dancers and their families, and 40 dance teachers from 11 communities from around the region and province. The purpose of Dance Blast is to provide a fun dance festival where youth dancers aged eight to eighteen showcase their hard work and talents on our beautiful stage and facility at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. It is organized by parent volunteers through a non-profit corporation.
Dance Blast brings visitors/tourism to our community. The dancers and families are staying in hotels, shopping, buying gas, eating at local restaurants, and taking in other activities in the city such as a visit to the casino.
Dancers and communities were so excited to get back on stage! In 2020, the Dance Blast was first and only in person competition of the year and 2022 was also the first competition of the year after no dance festivals/competitions for two years due to the pandemic.
After training in their “individual squares” for two years, dancing in front of an audience again was amazing, allowing them to once again showcase their hard work and talents. Unlike many sports, youth dancers get few opportunities each year to perform and compete.
Funds raised covered event expenses such as facility rental, insurance, programs, and awards and scholarships to as many dancers as possible. We are proud to have given out 163 awards and scholarships!
This parent volunteer run festival board is dedicated to a high quality dance festival where participants and spectators are welcomed and supported to have the best possible experience. We have received positive feedback from the dancers, studios and communities participating. Prince Albert has a reputation of hosting an amazing Dance Blast!
We are so grateful to the Northern Lights Casino Community Development Corporation for supporting the 2022 Dance Blast. We recognized this amazing support through announcements during the Dance Festival, social media and the program.