Contributed by Lizette Nel.

During May and June, when many people did not want to or could not leave their homes, due to Covid-19 rules and regulations, a few LTD students travelled to these peoples homes across Merritt to dance in the streets, driveways and allies.  They were always welcomed and  because of the amazing, positive feedback, which the Love To Dance Academy received, it was decided to continue with these outdoor performances.
In the beginning of August this year, Love To Dance Academy students could audition and the Love To Dance Performance Group, consisting of 9 students, was formed.
They had their first outdoor performances on Saturday Aug 5 when they danced for residents of Gillis House and Florentine Seniors Residence.
What a joyful experience this was, not only for the residents of these two senior centres, but for the dancers, dance teachers and parents as well!
On September 15 they danced for a group of seniors at the Merritt Golf and Country Club and on Saturday September 19 they will be performing for the seniors at Nicola Meadows.  

Megan Voigt performs for seniors at the Merritt Golf Club. (Photo submitted.)

These dancers will be seen around Merritt during September and October, as they will be performing outside at various venues throughout town, spreading the joy of dance.
These outdoor performances, spreading the joy of dance and music, are made possible through the support of the Merritt Dance Society and the Vancouver Foundation, and of course the dedication of the Love To Dance students, their parents and teachers.