The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site has done the unexpected. Staff at the city’s museum has put on their dancing shoes to create a dance video.
The video entitled “Glanmore Loves Cats” is entered into an international competition called Museum Dance-Off 4: A New Hope. The video can be viewed on Glanmore’s website at www.glanmore.ca/museum-dance-off/. The Museum Dance Off, hosted by the blog site When You Work At A Museum, was started in 2014 to show that “…museums aren’t dusty, dingy hallways full of creaky old nerds in orthopedic shoes and bowties. They are vibrant, lively places full of talented, creative people who love what they do.”
According to Education and Marketing Coordinator Melissa Wakeling, “The video was a lot of fun to produce and is quite funny to watch.” Glanmore’s entry into the competition features museum staff, volunteers and students from the Student Leadership Program at Queen Elizabeth Public School dancing to the 1980s song “The Love Cats” by The Cure.
A record 41 museums from around the world have produced dance videos to highlight their museums, artifact collections, staff and volunteers. Glanmore’s entry will compete against three others in the Eastern Canada division: Museums Mississauga; Black Creek Pioneer Village and Pier 21, to determine a divisional winner on April 18. The winner from that competition will then face off against the Western Canada champ on May 5 to determine which museum will represent Canada in the international “Thunderdome” finals on May 8.
All the videos entered into the competition are available to be viewed and online voting will take place at www.whenyouworkatamusuem.com. In order to stay in the competition, the museum needs your votes. Online voting will be available from 8 am Eastern Standard Time on April 18 and closes at 7:59 am on April 19,” says Wakeling. There is no limit to the number of times you can vote