A wild per­for­mance

Car­bon­ear dance troop per­forms at world com­pe­ti­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Con­cep­tion Bay North res­i­dents have shown their tal­ents on the world stage for many gen­er­a­tions in the form of mu­sic, science and pol­i­tics.

On July 9, a group of young women took the world by storm as the very first dance troop from, not only CBN, but all of New­found­land to com­pete at the Dance World Cup.

This year the event was hosted in Cana­dian ter­ri­tory — Mon­treal.

More than 2,000 com­peti­tors from five con­ti­nents twirled, tapped and shim­mied their way to the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion to show­case their metic­u­lously chore­ographed rou­tines hop­ing to walk away world cham­pi­ons.

Dance­worx Stu­dios Inc. in Car­bon­ear at­tended the com­pe­ti­tion with six jazz dancers to per­form their award-win­ning dance num­ber, Wild An­i­mals.

Mak­ing their way to worlds

This may be the first time a New­found­land team at­tended the com­pe­ti­tion, but it was not its first time qual­i­fy­ing.

The same group, con­sist­ing of Mary Kate King, Jil­lian Shute, Katie Snow, Jil­lian Ped­dle, Vic­to­ria South­well and Tay­lor His­cock, were also of­fered the bid to com­pete last year and could not at­tend. But this year they said they wouldn’t miss it.

“With help from our par­ents, friends and spon­sors, we were able to travel as a group to the Dance World Cup,” South­well said. “I felt so proud to be a mem­ber of the only team rep­re­sent­ing New­found­land.”

Dance teacher and chore­og­ra­pher Katie O’Leary at­tended the com­pe­ti­tion with her troop.

“I found the song An­i­mal by Kat DeLuna, which had a tribal feel to it,” she said. “I had never chore­ographed to mu­sic like that be­fore, so I was quite ex­cited to try.”

The dance was orig­i­nally per­formed for the stu­dio’s an­nual recital in 2012.

O’Leary said they had quite a few events where they per­formed the rou­tine in­clud­ing the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games and the 2013 New­found­land and Labrador Cheer­lead­ing As­so­ci­a­tion char­ity clas­sic.

Dance­worx owner Denise Vokey said they achieved a very high score on their high-en­ergy jazz per­for­mance at the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel in St. John’s this past April. That score qual­i­fied them for the Dance World Cup.

O’Leary said ten stu­dents helped put off a stu­dent show­case as a fundraiser to help pay for the trip to Mon­treal.

“We made al­most $3000,” she ex­claimed.

“It was a huge suc­cess.”

Wild things

The rou­tine in­volved dif­fi­cult jumps and pre­cise move­ments.

Some ob­servers said the dancers fit the theme of the song per­fectly with their wild hair and fierce cos­tumes

O’Leary, an ac­com­plished dancer her­self, saw the cos­tumes in a cat­a­logue be­fore the stu­dio had de­cided on a theme for their recital last year.

Af­ter pick­ing the song and chore­ograph­ing it, O’Leary knew this was the rou­tine for them.

“I have been train­ing this group for 4 years and knew it would be per­fect for them,” she ex­plained.

Part of the rou­tine in­volved a growl to con­clude the worlds per­for­mance, but that didn’t hap­pen.

“The girls were so ex­cited they couldn’t growl on stage, but smiled in­stead,” O’Leary con­tin­ued.

Strong per­for­mance

Both O’Leary and Vokey were very proud of the dancers and their per­for­mance in Mon­treal.

“Watch­ing my girls per­form on the stage was a very thrilling mo­ment for me,” O’Leary said.

“Our girls didn’t quite make it to the podium, but they had a great per­for­mance and solid scores,” Vokey added.

South­well shared her thoughts on what she learned dur­ing the event.

“I had re­al­ized when I got there the im­por­tance of dance in the world and in other peo­ple’s lives,” she ex­plained. “This com­pe­ti­tion had tal­ented dancers from all over the world which made me re­al­ize how much I will miss danc­ing when I move to (St. John’s) in the fall.”

O’Leary noted some of the dancers com­pet­ing at the Dance World Cup were in their own stu­dios prac­tic­ing five or more days a week. The group was quite happy with its marks, es­pe­cially since they dance as an ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, she said.

“I was very pleased with how they rep­re­sented our prov­ince and our town,” O’Leary stated. “It was quite amaz­ing to have them com­pete.”

She hopes this will not be the last time dancers from Dance­worx Stu­dios travel to the World Cup.

“I’m hop­ing that I will have an­other group in the fu­ture se­lected to go since this was a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and I would cer­tainly do it again.”

To watch the group’s jazz rou­tine, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlZWqVCwDT M

Sub­mit­ted photo

Jazz dancers from Dance­worx Stu­dios Inc. in Car­bon­ear were the first team from the prov­ince to com­pete at the Dance World Cup com­pe­ti­tion. Those that per­formed in Mon­treal July 9 were: front (l-r) — Mary Kate King, Jil­lian Shute and Katie Snow; back — Jil­lian Ped­dle, Vic­to­ria South­well and Tay­lor His­cock.

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