BY C. ABES
On May 13, grade 11 students were treated to a unique show at the Outside Looking In 8th Annual Performance at the Sony Centre in Toronto, giving them a new perspective on the lives of indigenous youth.
Outside Looking In is a program implemented in high schools and middle schools in indigenous communities. For six months, the students attend dance classes two to three times a week and work with both choreographers and volunteers.
The goal of the program is not only to keep the kids healthy and active, but to keep them engaged at school. In the video reels preceding the dances, the students stated that because of OLI, their marks had improved and were more dedicated to their academics.
The performance is a celebration of the students who successfully fulfilled the academic and attendance requirements of the program. Featured dancers included members of the youth mentoring program, the seven grade 12 graduates, and the 22 students who had no unexcused absences.
The youth truly took pride in their performances, expressing their love of dance and new found confidence with energy and enthusiasm. At the end of the show they received a well-deserved standing ovation.
For more information on this annual event, visit http://www.olishow.com/