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Atlantic ballet’s Indigenous dance program gives chance to train close to home – Coast Reporter

July 1, 2024

MONCTON, N.B. — Precious Abygail Dedam twirled on stage in a plume of colour — red, pink, purple and blue.

The fancy shawl dancer performed last week for a special announcement at the Atlantic Ballet of Canada in Moncton, N.B. She was there for the launch of a new professional training program for eight Indigenous dancers that will allow them to stay in the Atlantic region, close to their families and to their lands.

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, president of Atlantic Ballet Canada, said the new training will bring together contemporary dance, ballet and traditional Indigenous dancing styles.

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