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Museum Dance Off 5: The Final Dance

Museum Dance Off 5: The Final Dance

Glanmore Gets Funky!

The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site has done it again. Staff at the city’s museum has put on their dancing shoes to create a dance video.

The video is entered into an international competition called Museum Dance-Off 5: The Final Dance.

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.”

Glanmore’s entry into the competition features museum staff, volunteers including Belleville City Councillor Everton Boyce who serves as chair of the Museum’s Advisory Committee.  They are dancing on the grounds and in the historic rooms of Glanmore to the 1977 song Brick House by the Commodores.

A record 48 museums from 14 different countries have produced dance videos to highlight their museums, artifact collections, staff and volunteers. Glanmore’s entry will compete against three others in the Canada division: Museums Mississauga; Brockville Museum and the Museum of the Rockies to determine the national champion on April 17. The winner from that competition will then head to the international finals in early May.

All the videos entered into the competition are available to be viewed and online voting will take place at www.whenyouworkatamuseum.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 17 and closes at 7:59 am on April 18. says There is no limit to the number of times you can vote.

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.