Six weeks of amateur ballet, tap, piano, guitar and more come to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre starting Feb. 5.
The 66th annual Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival is an opportunity for those in the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Vancouver to be encouraged and foster excellence in music and dance.
Over the years, some participants have gone on to pursue artistic careers as teachers or performers.
The young dance participants will compete in several categories: classical and contemporary ballet, tap and stage/acro, jazz dance and hip-hop/street. The music disciplines include voice, choral, guitar, strings, woodwind and piano.
Fourteen highly respected adjudicators will travel from as far afield as Alberta, Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island to evaluate the dancers and musicians.
Most performances will be held at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre with band performances at G.W. Graham school.
Competitions begin Feb. 5 and run until March 13.
More than 5,500 entries have been received from participants aged five to 20. About 20 of the most talented from the festival will be chosen to go on to compete at the provincial level, which this year will be held right here in Chilliwack, May 26 to 30.
Most venues run morning, afternoon and evening and cost only $4 per session, $18 for a seasons pass or, new for 2013, a family one-session pass for $8.
The highlight of the festival is when the crème de la crème hit the stage for the dance honour performance on March 3 at 1: 30 p.m. and the music honour performance on March 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office, 9201 Corbould St., by phone at 604-391-7469 or www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca. Also available at the box office on or after Feb. 5 are $8 programs for the entire festival.
? For more information visit www. chilliwacklionsclubmusicanddancefestival.ca.