Cadance Under The Sea Event

Cadance Academy will perform Under the Sea on June 3. Getting ready for the upcoming show are Tayah Strong as Prince Eric and Alexa Knein as Ariel with Claire Asprey, who plays Flounder, in the background. Contributed

NEW MINAS, N.S. — More than 140 dancers are working hard on their end-of-year show at Cadance Academy in New Minas.

Under the Sea, a dance recital based on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid, will be performed June 3, at 12:30 and 6 p.m., at the performance centre at Horton High School. The dancers range in age from three years old to adults.

“This show isn’t just about the amazing costumes and choreography; it’s about the passion, dedication, and hard work of each and every performer,” artistic director Gaea Jess said in a news release. “Their love for dance and their desire to tell a story through movement is evident in every step they take.”

The show will feature a variety of dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, acro, jazz, and hip hop. The story revolves around Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, who dreams of a life above the surface with the humans. In a desperate attempt to make her wish come true, she strikes a deal with the cunning sea witch Ursula, leading to a series of adventures and mishaps.

The academy said in the new release that the audience can expect to see an array of colorful characters, including mermaids, sailors, pearls, sea anemone, rainbow fish, and sea spirits.

“Flounder, Scuttle, and Sabastian will also be there to help Ariel, while sharks, eels, and Ursula will try to cause trouble,” it said. “The talented performers at Cadance Academy will bring these characters to life through their passion, dedication, and hard work.”

Many of the main characters in the show are no stranger to having the limelight in Cadance’s productions. However, Claire Asprey is thrilled to have been chosen for a big part for the first time.

“I am so excited to be Flounder,” she said. “It is such an honour to get to perform with so many talented dancers. The character of Flounder is such a fun character to play.”

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