Haley can vividly picture her four-year-old self in a little black spider costume, waiting backstage at the Jubilee Auditorium, her dance recital moments away.
She was in tears, and having serious doubts about whether she could overcome her shyness and fear and take the stage with the rest of her dance group. Her dance teacher told her she didn’t have to do it, but added, “You’re part of the team, and we need you.” Those words made the difference, and Shewciw somehow found the courage. “I remembered my steps, and coming off the stage, I had confidence.”
Shewciw’s experience as a small child in that north Edmonton community dance group inspired a love of dance that led her to Victoria School of the Arts, where she competitively danced her way through junior high and soon making her way on the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team. She decided to pursue a career in marketing, earning a marketing diploma from NAIT and finding success in that field. But her desire to spread the joy of dance always remained in the back of her mind.
Now, almost 30 years after that formative recital at the Jubilee, Shewciw is bringing her love of dance to her community of Griesbach!