Ni­a­gara’s Best Dance Crew Com­pe­ti­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - BY TAMARA JEFAK, GRADE 12

Car­di­nal New­man dancers wowed the au­di­ence and judges at the Sco­tia­bank Cen­tre in Ni­a­gara Falls with their re­mark­able tal­ent. The team took part in Ni­a­gara’s Best Dance Crew on April 3. This is the only sec­ondary school dance com­pe­ti­tion in the Ni­a­gara re­gion.

Dancers com­peted in genre-spe­cific cat­e­gories, such as jazz, hip hop, and con­tem­po­rary. The cat­e­gories were or­ga­nized ac­cord­ing to group size and were also dis­tin­guished by ex­pe­ri­ence, us­ing the term “new­bie” as many groups con­sisted of dancers who do not have com­pet­i­tive dance back­ground.

With 27 sec­ondary schools at­tend­ing, New­man faced some tough com­pe­ti­tion. The per­for­mance ex­pe­ri­ence of many New­man dancers stems solely from their high school dance cour­ses. A num­ber of com­pet­i­tive dancers also con­trib­ute their style and ex­pe­ri­ence to the team, cre­at­ing a unique dy­namic. Four-year team mem­ber, Kiera McSor­ley, ex­plained what stood out to her at the event; “Hav­ing the chance to dance with my clos­est friends and bond­ing over our ac­com­plish­ments made the day mem­o­rable and was a re­minder of why I am so pas­sion­ate about danc­ing,” the Grade 12 stu­dent said. Pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive en­ergy filled the theatre as the stu­dents cheered each other on. The pas­sion and grace was ev­i­dent in each one of New­man’s per­for­mances. All of the com­peti­tors put their heart and soul into their dances, which paid off.

The team cer­tainly did not leave empty-handed; they re­ceived many medals, tro­phies, and schol­ar­ships. Both the hip hop and small con­tem­po­rary teams placed High Gold and the large con­tem­po­rary team earned a Plat­inum award. The New­man dance team was also im­pres­sively named “Ni­a­gara’s Best New­bie Dance Crew 2017” based on their over­all high score. “All the hard work through­out the year was def­i­nitely worth it, be­cause the long hours we put into our dances was dis­played on stage,” says Madi­son Ban, a Grade 11 stu­dent and dance team mem­ber. “I can’t wait to bring our per­for­mance to the next level at the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions.” De­spite the suc­cess, the team was thank­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence, which will pre­pare mem­bers for fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

The team left the com­pe­ti­tion ec­static, and gave thanks to teacher and chore­og­ra­pher An­drea Fer­roni and as­sis­tant Amanda Garzo who helped make the suc­cess pos­si­ble.

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