(Windsor Dance Experience students Jayden Mouawad (left), who played Frog Prince and
Jayla Mouawad, who played a jazz frog, at Imagine Cinemas in Lakeshore, ON, during the red carpet premiere of Happily Ever After The Movie on Thurs. Oct. 7, 2021. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
An exciting red carpet event filled with fanfare was held for the young dancers of Windsor Dance Experience last night at Imagine Cinemas in Lakeshore, ON, to celebrate the premiere of their first independent dance film, Happily Ever After. Based on a collection of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, the project was filmed entirely in Windsor and Essex County at 30 different locations over the past year. All while facing the challenges of lockdowns and shutdowns brought on by the pandemic. Artistic Director, Tiffany Chan, Cinematographer, John Chan and their cast and crew of over fifty people, have proven that even in a pandemic anything is possible.
“We’re a dance company not a movie company by any means but we had to think of something creative to keep them dancing throughout the pandemic,” says Tiffany. “My husband is a videographer and it seemed natural to combine his passion with my passion to give the dancers something to look forward to.”
“The movie starts off with a little girl who has lost touch with her imagination and she finds a book and brings all these fairy tales to life. We have seven different fairy tales all told in a different genre of dance. We have Little Red Riding Hood in hip hop, Hansel and Gretel in 80’s, Snow White in industrial steampunk, The Twelve Dancing Princesses in contemporary, Rumpelstiltskin in jazz, and Frog Prince in musical theatre.”
As each dancer took their turn walking the red carpet, they were introduced to the crowd and their excitement and anticipation was clear in their smiling faces. “Even if they don’t get to perform on stage, they get a movie,” explained Tiffany.
“These guys have been pumped for this for a long time. We started out thirteen months ago. It gave them something to look forward to all year long. Now they actually get to see themselves on the big screen. They dance all the time in front of people but they’ve never actually seen themselves dance, it’s going to be an exciting experience for them.”
As the movie trailer says, “most of all fairy tales give us hope that for every boy and girl there exists a happily ever after.”
Aerialist Erikka Johnson was a perfect complement to the red carpet event. She thrilled the crowd with her silk aerial performances while the cast took their turns walking the red carpet. Johnson informed us that she will also be performing later this month at Border City Boxing Club’s Fright Night VIP Dinner on Oct. 28 and the Windsor Essex County Humane Society’s Devil’s Masquerade on Oct. 30.
Windsor Dance Experience will hold a public premier of Happily Ever After this Sat. Oct. 9 at The Capitol Theatre in downtown Windsor. Screenings will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advance tickets are required, deadline to purchase is Fri. Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets available at https://www.capitoltheatrewindsor.ca
For more information about the movie please visit https://wdxmovie.com
For more about the dance company visit http://www.windsordanceexperience.ca