Picture this: a warm night, balmy breezes and a magic carpet ride around the world. This was the theme for the Prairie Pearls’ fourth annual Dancing for a Miracle fundraiser, for Telemiracle 40.
Stefanie Lipinski, Tasha Poncelet, Melissa Chegus and Laura Bergquist are the Prairie Pearls, a Middle Eastern dance troupe with local roots. Hailing from Humboldt, Watson and Wynyard, these dancers not only perform, but create their own choreography for their popular shows.
The fundraiser on Feb. 27 included appetizers and desserts as well as ales provided by micro-brewery Nokomis Craft Ales. Bucket draws and a silent auction were also featured. Although poor weather and road conditions brought the attendance down somewhat, the hall in Quill Lake was still three-quarters full, with people coming from all over the area.
The Pearls performed 14 dances, including two veil dances, a sword dance, the dance they created for Telemiracle 40, and an encore. A story, related in parts by emcee Andy Cohen to introduce each dance, tied together all the dances as parts of a dream of flying a magic carpet around the world, making stops in India, Wishart, at the Great Wall of China, a Valentine’s dance in a small town, and other locations. The dances were choreographed and costumed to depict each part of the story, and the program included photos of the dancers on their “magic carpet.”
The Prairie Pearls once again performed at Telemiracle 40 this past weekend, along with many other talented Saskatchewan performers.
By Charlene Wirtz