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Flashmob at YVR powered by Arts Umbrella

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My daughter’s dance company at Arts Umbrella (here in Vancouver) staged a flashmob at YVR last weekend. Here HuffPo has picked up the story. They were on Good Morning America on Monday …



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dancer, originally uploaded by inklake.

Taken during a performance of the Arts Umbrella dance company on Granville Island, Vancouver today.


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A strong case for arts funding at the Arts Umbrella rehearsal studios on Granville Island yesterday. This was an afternoon preview of “Samsara”, choreographed by Margo Sappington, music by Tony De Vit, and performed by their Senior Dance Company. All of these dancers are between 16-19.

"Samsara", originally uploaded by inklake.

The video clip was shot on my iPhone.

Fund-raiser for Arts Umbrella “nothing short of perfection”

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Photos by Rebecca Blissett
Photos by Rebecca Blissett

Summer Sessions with Sarah McLachlan in West Vancouver nothing short of perfection
By Sarah Rowland
At Ambleside Park on Saturday, September 12

To say Saturday was the perfect day for an all-day benefit concert at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park would be a grotesque understatement. Not even the best set decoration crew in all of Hollywood could have created a more picturesque setting. The short walk to the venue’s ticket booth offered a spectacular view of a glistening ocean, warm sandy beaches, and lush greenery. Once inside the concert grounds, ticket holders were surrounded by mountains, trees, and a clear blue sky. Yes, mother nature, you done us proud on this fine day.

And so did the musicians.

All proceeds from this event—billed as Summer Sessions at Ambleside—went to the Sarah McLachlan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making music education accessible to inner city youth.

Read the entire article here.


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roxanne, originally uploaded by inklake.

Arts Umbrella Spring 2009

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As always, the Arts Umbrella performance was amazing.

three arabesquesYear in year out the company produces professional calibre shows with kids from 5-20. The kids are dedicated and the instructors, choreographers, volunteers, and technical people running the show all combine to produce some remarkably innovative work.

It’s pretty breathtaking when you consider how little time these kids have been exposed to dance.

Phenomenal originality combined with a remarkable ability to get the best out of all the performers.