Midnight Sun Dance – In the Yukon (Canada), during the summer solstice times, days are almost 24 hours long. From 2 AM to 3 AM, it may get a little bit duskier, but you can still see things around clearly and enjoy the moment like a captivating evening time. This time of the day is like a poet’s best imaginative moment to indulge in a superb creativity. Gurdeep Pandher and his dance partner Véronique Lachance decided to do some high-energy Bhangra dance at 12:30 AM, just after midnight, at the heart-gratifying Lake Laberge scenery of the calmly flowing Yukon river, to showcase to the world how elegant the Yukon looks under the midnight sun during the charming summer solstice days. Enjoy the dance and please share the video!
Lake Laberge, near Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada), is “nature’s gold”! This beautiful Yukon lake definitely inspired many resonant words in celebrated Yukon poet Robert Service’s poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. There is a lovely farm on the lake’s banks, where my friend Sarah grows her organic vegetables. While filming subtle elements of farming life, with the beautiful lake waters so close to us, Isabella and I were inspired to do a heart-warming dance to a melodic Punjabi song. Luckily, Bhangra dance from Punjab has many branches, which allow for the expression of every kind of feeling. One of its branches is called Jhoomar. So, we danced Bhangra in the Jhoomar style in order to express the intensity of emotions which would be experienced during the reunion of two lovers. This reunion takes place in the beginning of the song. Later on, the dance evolves to reflect pure joy. We worked very hard to create this video and we hope that you love it!
Performed By: Gurdeep Pandher and Lara Isabella Directed, Choreographed and Edited By: Gurdeep Pandher Song/Music Credit: Amrinder Gill Location: Lendrum-Ross Farm on Lake Laberge near Whitehorse (Yukon) Canada
Lake Laberge is a widening of the Yukon River north of Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada. It is fifty kilometres long and ranges from two to five kilometres wide. It is about 30-40 minutes drive from the city of Whitehorse. Its water is always very cold, and its weather often harsh and suddenly variable. Photos: Gurdeep Pandher
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