Children shake to first street dance of summer

By on July 23, 2014
Tony Batista once again seemed to be the most energetic dancer at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday night, though many children were also strong challengers.  (Richard McGuire photo)

Tony Batista once again seemed to be the most energetic dancer at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday night, though many children were also strong challengers. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children got up on stage and danced to recorded music while some adults also joined in at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening.

The dance carries on a quarter-century tradition started by Frances and Larry Sologuk, owners of Osoyoos Home Hardware, who held dances on the side street next to their store. Last year, the event was taken over by the Osoyoos Seniors Centre Association when the Sologuks decided to pass the torch to a new organizer. Last year and this year it was held in the parking lot at the Seniors Centre next to Gyro Park.

The second and final street dance of the summer will be held on Friday, Aug. 15.

(Richard McGuire photos)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tony Batista awes the crowd as he sings and acts the Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tony Batista awes the crowd as he sings and acts the Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tony Batista awes the crowd as he sings and acts the Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tony Batista awes the crowd as he sings and acts the Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Adults compete in a dance contest to win a family container of chicken. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children drew and wrote their names in chalk on the pavement at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children drew and wrote their names in chalk on the pavement at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

Little Cadence Oye of Calgary got into her own dance moves on her own dance floor, a handicapped parking logo. As she danced around, her parents and others watched in amusement. (Richard McGuire photo)

Little Cadence Oye of Calgary got into her own dance moves on her own dance floor, a handicapped parking logo. As she danced around, her parents and others watched in amusement. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

These girls sang along to the music at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

These girls sang along to the music at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

These girls sang along to the music at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

These girls sang along to the music at the Osoyoos Street Dance. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

As it started to get dark, the crowd forms a big circle to do the Chicken Dance, a favourite at 1980s weddings. (Richard McGuire photo)

This young man won a prize for keeping his ball in the air for more than 20 kicks before it hit the ground. (Richard McGuire photo)

This young man won a prize for keeping his ball in the air for more than 20 kicks before it hit the ground. (Richard McGuire photo)

After unsuccessfully trying to coax town administration staff to join him on the dance floor, Mayor Stu Wells led a dance where dancers changed partners every time the music stopped. (Richard McGuire photo)

After unsuccessfully trying to coax town administration staff to join him on the dance floor, Mayor Stu Wells led a dance where dancers changed partners every time the music stopped. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children dance to music at the first of two Osoyoos Street Dances on Friday evening. (Richard McGuire photo)

Alexis Dorman, 6, of Osoyoos had fun dancing with Adrienne Dranchuk before falling asleep on her mother's lap minutes later. (Richard McGuire photo)

Alexis Dorman, 6, of Osoyoos had fun dancing with Adrienne Dranchuk before falling asleep on her mother’s lap minutes later. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

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