Dancing their way to the top
East-end performers grab silver at international competition
Agroup of up-and-coming dancers have walked away big winners from a major international competition, bringing back a medal win to their Orléans-based studio earlier this month.
Performers from Centrum Boulevard’s DanceR Studio emerged as silver medallists from the Dance World Cup, Canada’s first and only worldwide dance competition, held from June 26 to July 1 in Montreal. The event features more than 1,200 dancers from five continents in a range of styles.
DanceR Studio hit a milestone when after two routines qualified at regionals and one moved on, owner Miki Whyte recounts, marking the first time the east-end dancers had been invited to participate in the World Cup.
“I was more than elated about it as my school is new so not many schools know of us yet,” she adds.
That group, Whyte says, was made up of six novice jazz dancers, aged six to nine, who performed Whyte’s choreographed routine called Back From Mars.
Competing against dance schools from across Quebec for April’s regionals, the routine – in which the dancers play “aliens who just landed on Earth,” explains parent Shannon Bellfoy – garnered so much praise from judges they skipped nationals and went straight to the World Cup, she indicates.
“Everyone is very proud of the hard work these little kids have done,” Bellfoy says. “A lot of hard work is put in to each competition and the results show.”
Their progress over the months has been clear, continues Whyte, describing the exhilaration of participating in such a major competition.
“It was exciting to see all those happy faces bouncing around, getting ready in their costumes, being all dolled up for the performance,” she recounts. “It was just overall an enjoyable moment, something the parents and the dancers won’t forget.”
Looking ahead, Whyte – who says she “absolutely”hopes future groups from her studio are chosen to compete in the World Cup – suggests the value of the experience also comes from the motivation it will provide.
“It’s nice for them to win something because they are so young. It will give them motivation to work hard for any future competitions.”
For more information on DanceR studio, please visit www.dancerstudio.ca, or call the school at 613-834-4329.
Performers from DanceR Studio won silver in a recent worldwide dance competition.