Ponoka Elementary School teacher Lorraine Stevenson took part in the Winter Games opening ceremonies with the Dance Troupe Country Pride. It was a bucket list experience. Photo submitted

Ponoka teacher danced in Winter Games opening ceremonies main stage

Ponoka Elementary School teacher Lorraine Stevenson took part with dance troupe Country Pride

A teacher at Ponoka Elementary School is proud to have been part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies.

Lorraine Stevenson is a member of the Red Deer dance troupe, Country Pride. In October 2018 she signed up for dance lessons with the group and was completely surprised to see that the troupe was part of the ceremonies.

That opportunity to take part came in December and she jumped at the opportunity. Her thoughts on the opening ceremonies? “It was spectacular,” said Stevenson.

“We practiced from December right up to the last day,” she added.

The whole lead up to the opening ceremonies was quite busy with the troupe of 19 teams. Stevenson said the dancers range in ages from 14 to 74 years old.

She’s quite proud of the amount of work that went into rehearsals and to be able to showcase Red Deer to all the athletes. One thing that helped the troupe in the opening ceremonies, says Stevenson, is that they’re like one big family.

The event is one that she is pleased to have been part of. “This was something that we said was a bucket list (item).”

A fun fact for the troupe was that members couldn’t disclose to anyone, including family members, when they performed and what they were going to do. This added an element of surprise for everyone.


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