Category Archives: Northern Dance Theatre Society

BC Winter Games

The Arts Community played its part in the 2020 BC Winter Games held in Fort St. John from February 20-23. It was a wonderful event and it was an opportunity for the Arts and Sport to work side by side for the benefit of the community. As BC Game staff member, Andrew Pitre, said after the Opening Ceremony, “I reflect on the similarities and difference between the performing arts and sport performance.  The arts has such a unique ability to be so much more inclusive, engage people, showcase dance/movement/music and just reach such a wider audience. 
Its amazing how a show like this really does bring people together. “

Enjoy these images from the Games.

Dancers of Studio 2 Stage and Alchemy Dance Collective perform Sky Full of Stars at the 2020 Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
Watt School of Irish Dance performing at the Opening Ceremony.
Dancers of Alchemy Dance Collective and Studio 2 Stage Dance Academy perform behind the BC Games torch at the Opening Ceremony
Dancers from Northern Dance Theatre Society had the North Peace Arena hopping as they led athletes in Just Dance at the Participant Special Events on Friday and Saturday evening at the BC Winter Games.
School District 60 Spirit of the Peace Dancers charmed the audience at the BC Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
Performing at the BC Winter Games Closing Ceremony: School District 60 Band students, Northern Winds Community Band, the North Peace Community Choir, Northern Lights Youth Choir, Alleluiah Children’s Choir

Studio 2 Stage Dance Recital

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Shows at 11:30, 2:00, & 7:00
Adults $16, Children $12

Studio 2 Stage will close their season of dance with three recitals on Saturday May 11th; the first at 11:30AM, the second at 2 PM and the third at 7 PM. These recitals will consist of both recreational dancers and Studio 2 Stage’s competitive troupe dancers. Dance styles will include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern across a diverse range of ages.

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Studio 2 Stage Christmas Recital

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Adults $16, Children $12

Studio 2 Stage will entertain all with three recitals on Sunday December 16; the first at 11:30 AM, the second at 2 PM and the third at 7 PM. These recitals will consist of both recreational dancers and Studio 2 Stage’s competitive troupe dancers. Dance styles will include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern across a diverse range of ages.

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The Nutcracker


December 20, 21, 22 @ 7:00 PM
December 22 @ 2:00 PM
Adults $25, Students & Seniors $20, Children $15

Experience a timeless Christmas tale of a young girl who, after a party at her home, is spirited away by her magical godfather and finds herself in a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King. Together they embark on a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where they are greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and other dancing wonders.

This magical retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s famous tale features a huge cast playing more than 100 roles with numerous costume changes between numbers. With equally sumptuous costumes and imaginative sets, Northern Dance Theatre Society’s incomparable The Nutcracker delights your entire family with its beauty and splendour.

Northern Dance Theatre Society, Studio 2 Stage, and Stage North Theatre Society will present this perennial holiday favourite, choreographed by Shauna Milne.

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World Renowned Dance Instructor Coming to Fort St. John

Northern Dane Theatre Society and Studio2Stage will be holding a three day Ballet workshop with acclaimed dance teacher and examiner Loretta Beamish-Lachner.  Local dance students will have the opportunity to learn new techniques on Nov 9-11.

Loretta  comes with 42 years of teaching experience.  Loretta received her teacher’s training in London, England at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance, where she graduated with a Diploma in Teaching of Dance as well as becoming a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance: an honour given only to those who have graduated from the Academy.  Upon graduation, she taught in London for a year then moved home to Canada to teach in Edmonton for the next eleven years as Ballet Director of Castle Downs School of Dance.  She staged many ballet productions including Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hansel and Gretel, The Pied Piper,  Beauty and the Beast and many others.  Her production of Beauty and the Beast was invited to Romania for a Canadian-Romanian student exchange performance in Bucharest. She was then invited back to teach a summer course in Bucharest.

Loretta has had the opportunity to travel twice to St. Petersburg, Russia to study in the Russian Vaganova ballet technique with some of the best instructors of the Kirov Ballet.  She now incorporates this style into her open ballet classes.

Loretta moved to Kelowna in 1995, where she became co-owner of The Pacific Interior School of Dance.  During this time she also staged several productions including the full-length ballets of La Sylphide , The Tin Soldier and Coppelia.

In 2003, Loretta took over Stage Door Dance Studios, which she ran for three years.  She  now free-lance instructs in Kelowna.  She also continues to guest teach and adjudicate throughout BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the USA.

Loretta has recently moved herself into the fitness industry and is a qualified BCRPA group fitness instructor, weight trainer and personal trainer.  She has also added “social dance” to her credits teaching everything from country 2- step to salsa.

Loretta is now an RAD Examiner and is enjoying travelling and examining in Canada and worldwide.

Many of Loretta’s students are dancing professionally or teaching, but what she is most proud of is her own two children, Josh and Chelsea who are both very successful in the dance world.  Chelsea as a teacher and Josh as a world renowned dancer/choreographer.