World Umbrella Dance

World Umbrella Dance rehearsal

world umbrella dance rehearsal at nikkei centre march 2 2013

It was a dark and rainy night for the Nikkei Centre rehearsal Friday March 1st.  It was the second day of a torrential rainstorm and huge amounts of rain was falling on the city.  Buses were late, cyclists were soaked, but fifteen of us made it to rehearsal.

When I arrived to the class, I had only learned the routine up to Part One of the video “Shabop” by Shiamak, so I was curious to see if I’d be able to learn the whole routine in under 1 hour. And yes, I did.

I actually found the routine for “Shabop” easier to learn than last year’s “Zoobie Doobie” (Shabop is still challenging, don’t get me wrong, but a bit easier). My favorite moves are: “the wave”, pulsating the umbrella (opening and closing quickly) and the big finale as we all bring our umbrellas back to the centre and “pose”.  A few more hours of practice with the video and I’ll be ready for the big performance of the World Umbrella Dance on April 13 at the Vancouver Art Gallery!

It’s not too late to join us. Order your umbrella now and book your rehearsal.

There will be a videotaped group rehearsal at SFU Woodward (111 West Hasting) on March 11 at 6.15pm for the TV Channel Omni.  Come and show us your moves!

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival World Umbrella Dance

World Umbrella Dance

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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is delighted to tell you first that we’re bringing back the Umbrella Dance 2013 with the awesome Shiamak Vancouver Dance Team. The new limited edition PoP Art umbrellas, designed by notable local artist, Anthony Redpath are already here and ready to bring some cherry cheer to this weather.

Visit to pre-order your umbrellas and sign up for the World Umbrella Dance rehearsals. This is a special offer only for this month to pick up the 2013 umbrella for Christmas.

Share this beautiful public dance performance experience and the World Umbrella Dance program rehearsal series with some of the fun loving people on your Christmas Shopping List – or buy the umbrella separately and pick them up at the easily accessible VanDusen Garden Shop weekdays only 10am to 3pm – free 15 minute parking at the roundabout entrance off Oak street.

The 2013 Umbrella Dance will take place Saturday April 13, 2013 on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza to Shiamak’s new release, “Shabop” with live taiko drumming! Sign up for rehearsals starting February 26 and meet a world of new friends while getting your workout !

Wishing you a Very Merry Cherry Christmas and thanks for your support!

The Cherry Team

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