By Charlene Wirtz
Middle Eastern dance was the main event when the Prairie Pearls were featured at the second annual Dancing for a Miracle fundraiser at the Watson Civic Centre on Feb. 8.
The Prairie Pearls Middle Eastern Dance Troupe is a group of area women whose love of Middle Eastern dancing brought them together. They have been dancing as the Prairie Pearls for a year, but have danced together for the past five years. The sisterhood and support, as well as the fun, have bonded the women. They chose the name because they are from locations across the prairie, and pearls represent them well, as pearls have a strong outer surface and are beautiful, elegant and unique. The close spacing of a strand of pearls exemplifies the close sisterhood of the dancers.
The women performed for two sets of 10 and eight dances, with Middle Eastern themed appetizers served during the intervals. The audience clapped and stomped and cheered along, especially to the selections Country Girl and Dueling Banjos, and the piece the Pearls will be performing at Telemiracle, Super Nova.
The dancers demonstrated their mastery of several different styles of Middle Eastern dancing including Egyptian veil, American Tribal Style, bellydance and sword.
Daniel Hinze deejayed the evening, and entertainment following the dancing was provided by local band The Horse’s Mouth.
The evening included a silent auction and bucket draw. With more than 100 people in the audience, over $5500 was raised for Telemiracle.
The Prairie Pearls are sisters Stephanie Lipinski and Tasha Poncelet of Humboldt; Melissa Chegus of Watson; Laura Bergquist of Wynyard; and Tara Malinowski of Wishart. Malinowski was unable to dance on this occasion, but hopes to when the popular fundraiser happens again next year as expected.
If you missed them, the Prairie Pearls will perform on Telemiracle 38. They are scheduled for 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 2.