Wil­liams named to na­tional tap team

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Countless hours of prac­tice has paid off for Jes­sica Wil­liams.

The 14- year- old Grade 9 stu­dent of Camp­bell­ford Dis­trict High School has earned her­self a spot on the Cana­dian Na­tional Ju­nior Tap Team for the In­ter­na­tional Dance Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( IDO) World Tap Dance Cham­pi­onship set for Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 in Riesa, Ger­many.

Wil­liams cur­rently dances at the Ire­land Academy of Dance in Belleville. She was scouted and in­vited to au­di­tion for Team Canada Dance dur­ing one of her com­pe­ti­tions in Hamil­ton. She au­di­tioned for Team Canada and suc­cess­fully cracked the lineup. The team will travel to Riesa No­vem­ber 25.

Wil­liams has been danc­ing since she was four years old and to­day trains five- days- a- week in Belleville. She has done com­peti- tive dance through­out On­tario, but this is her first na­tional or in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The IDO has a mem­ber­ship of more than 90 na­tions, rep­re­sent­ing over 250,000 dancers from six con­ti­nents. The World Dance Cham­pi­onship for­mat is Olympic­style with only one gold, sil­ver and bronze be­ing pre­sented on the podium with the world cham­pi­ons’ na­tional an­them be­ing played as the top three medal­ist flags are raised. The best dancers from around the world will be com­pet­ing for the World Cham­pion ti­tle.

This hon­our comes with a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. Not only are the dancers train­ing and prac­tic­ing at their home stu­dio for many hours each week, but they are re­quired to travel to Cam­bridge for Team Canada prac­tices. Wil­liams and her team­mates have been prac­tic­ing ev­ery week­end un­der the su­per­vi­sion of their chore­og­ra­pher, Matthew Clarke, to pre­pare for this in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Team di­rec­tor Bon­nie Dyer said Canada has been quite suc­cess­ful in all dance dis­ci­plines at the event, “mainly due to the high stan­dard of train­ing that lo­cal stu­dios of­fer. It is also great to see the best of the best in Canada that come from var­i­ous stu­dios all work­ing to­gether as one team with one goal, and that is to rep­re­sent Canada.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the IDO World Tap Dance Cham­pi­onship please visit www. ido- dance. com or visit Team Canada Dance at www. team­canadadance. ca

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Jes­sica Wil­liams, of Camp­bell­ford, is headed for the In­ter­na­tional Dance Or­ga­ni­za­tion World Tap Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships set for Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 in Riesa, Ger­many.

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