Letter to the Editor

Dancer’s lament Re Some unenchanted evening, the News May 18: On the topic of the Cell Block Tango by the Northern Lights School of Dance:…

Dancer’s lament

Re Some unenchanted evening, the News May 18:

On the topic of the Cell Block Tango by the Northern Lights School of Dance: compared with many of the Hip Hop pieces presented in previous years, it struck me as relatively tame as far as violence and sexual content go.

I hear that some of the adults were offended by the piece, feeling that it was not age-appropriate for the dancers and audience alike, and maybe they have a point that the school should have put forth some sort of ‘viewer discretion is advised’ warning prior to the piece.

However, I doubt that anyone would have gotten up and left after hearing, “This piece contains explicit content … including an extremely offensive cartwheel.”

With all of the so-called “offensive” things happening every day as soon as we walk out our front doors, one who would be offended by this piece, simply a knock-off of a movie piece admired worldwide, may be more comfortable in a sheltered community, without any outside media or worldly entertainment whatsoever.

It is true that the world is becoming more explicit, both in adult entertainment as well as in children’s, and I can honestly say that I’ve seen children’s cartoons with more adult content than Cell Block Tango.

The benefit of having these “adult add-ins” in children’s entertainment is that most children won’t understand them and adults with a sense of humour can share a chuckle.

If the children do understand, where would they have learned it from? That isn’t the fault of Northern Lights School of Dance.

I was a dancer in this piece and I and all of the other dancers loved dancing it and were proud and excited to show off our fresh new style in this bold piece.

It is difficult to hear from anyone that all of our hard work and dedication to reaching wider limits in the arts wasn’t appreciated — let alone that it was frowned upon.

Though there were narrow minds in the audience, we danced for ourselves.

Dance is an art. If it isn’t daring and draws attention, maybe it shouldn’t deserve the title of art.

I leave you with a heavy heart that our piece wasn’t appreciated, but with the assurance that none of the dancers felt anything but joy and excitement when dancing what we thought would be an audience hit.

It is unfortunate that my last piece with the studio couldn’t be appreciated by the last audience I’ll ever dance for.

Leah Anderson


Remember the slaughter

We remember with the greatest sadness in our hearts, as so many Yukoners do, the reindeer massacre of May 21st, 2005.

A beautiful healthy herd of majestic innocent reindeer that lived in the Yukon for 18 years lost their lives needlessly and cruelly at the hands of the Yukon Party government, Environment, Energy Mines and Resources and the game branch in the most horrific heinous cruel act against animals in Yukon history.

In a massacre that took over 20 hours for the few men to accomplish against 56 reindeer, four of the animals were only a few hours old and bludgeoned to death while the rest of the reindeer were shot to death.

A cruelty so surreal that it leaves one horror-stricken.

The reindeer have a final resting place, at the Braeburn refuse site.

Flowers are welcome.

Tim and Stella Gregory

Whitehorse Yukon

Helpful community

I would like to thank the following individuals for their support and generous contribution in preparation for The Marco Claveria Group visit to Whitehorse May 1st to 7th.

Sarah Fox and Ian Stewart (Yukon News), Marie Hélène (Aurore Boréale), Daniele Mitaine (Spanish Community Newsletter), Bob Johnstone (CKRW), Dave White and Ross Knutson (CBC radio), Danielle Marcotte (Radio Canada), Pierre Lacasse (Assante Financial Management), Scott Wilson (Jazz Yukon), Neti Shah (poster design), Integraphics Ltd (printing), Steve Philp (Eclectic Productions Video), Yukon Art Centre staff and volunteers, Elliott Hamilton/Coasters Entertainment Co-ordinator and all downtown businesses that kindly displayed the promotional poster.

Daniel Cooper


Wolves aren’t the problem

Wolves are hunted from August 1 to March 31.

Alpha males, alpha females, pregnant wolves, wolf pups  they are all targets.

They can be shot, baited and trapped. All modern methods are used. 

Non-resident hunters (under the wing of big game outfitters) can kill two wolves each just for the thrill of it.

Resident hunters are permitted to kill three wolves each, just because they are only wolves.

Habitat loss, industrial activity, more wilderness tourism and recreational activity  all have a negative impact on all wildlife.

These are issues that we must be concerned about. The wolves are not the problem.

Mike Grieco