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Time to Vote for the Museum Dance Off Canadian Champ!

Have you seen our Museum Dance Off video yet?
The Museum Dance Off is a quirky online competition that features museum staff and volunteers dancing their way through their respective museum or historic site.  Dancing skills or abilities are not a prerequisite!
Museum staff first started talking about participating in this online competition two years ago but timing and workloads prevented it from happening until this year.  For a long time we puzzled over the song choice.  Finally, we settled on The Love Cats by The Cure, a quirky little tune from 1983.  We had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas, making our storyboard and planning for the filming. Our Museum Technician, Dave Cox created some cat paws and came up with a way to make it look like the video was seen from the point of view of a cat.   Of course this was in addition to our regular duties!
Why make dance video? Why not! The video gives us an opportunity to showcase the museum in an unexpected way. Maybe it it will break some misconceptions about Glanmore and encourage those that haven’t visited yet to do so. We know that it is a silly video and we know the dancing isn’t professional quality but that is what makes it so much fun!
We first showed the video to our volunteers at a Friends of Glanmore meeting in early April.  They were a great audience, laughing and cheering on people they know well.  They gave a huge round of applause at the end.  That was pretty darn gratifying and we were feeling quite pleased with ourselves!
As our Eastern Canada Division final approached we saw ourselves facing some stiff competition – videos from Black Creek Pioneer Village and Museums of Mississauga, both in the GTA as well as Pier 21 from Halifax.  All of these museums are based in larger centres than us and have a lot more staff.  We were feeling a little worried.  It would be so disappointing if our video received a low response in the polls. Voting day came and our numbers climbed and soared ahead!  We pulled it off, beating out these larger museums with 39% of the total votes to become a national finalist!
Glanmore will now have to face the Western Canada divisional winner, the Royal Alberta Museum, on May 5, 2017 for the National Championships.  Voting for the National competition will take place at www.whenyouworkatamuseum.com   on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 8 am until Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:59 am.  Your votes are needed so we can become the Canadian Champions!!!
If we were to win the Nationals our little video will go to the International “Thunderdome” finals on May 8, 2017.  
As for the video itself, we are pretty amazed at the response.  It has had almost 4000 views on YouTube. This is far more than any other video we have ever produced!
Please watch the video and enjoy!  Don’t forget to vote for us on vote for us on May 5!

 

 

 

 

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.