Dancers bring home gold

Val­ley Dance­works earned 43 medals

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY CRAIG WAL­LACE

Dance Schools from across Canada and the United States gath­ered for the 25th an­niver­sary of the 5678 Show­time Na­tional Dance Cham­pi­onships, held the first week of July in Mont Tremblant, Que­bec.

Val­ley Dance­works (VDI), a dance school from Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, were among those who com­peted over the three days of com­pe­ti­tion.

In what was an ex­tremely high stan­dard of danc­ing, the stu­dents from VDI once again de­liv­ered some out­stand­ing per­for­mances.

Apart from the first-place dances, there were 14 per­for­mances that were awarded sec­ond place and 17 third place medals — that’s a to­tal of 43 medals awarded to the VDI dance school.

Elena Pike was awarded the 5678 Na­tional Dance Cham­pi­onships, Un­der 12 Run­ner Up Dancer of the Year.

Apart from the long days of com­pe­ti­tion, the dancers had an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in dance work­shops in a va­ri­ety of gen­res in­clud­ing street jazz, con­tem­po­rary, hip hop and mu­si­cal theatre from ac­claimed world rec­og­nized dancers Men­ina For­tu­nato, Damien Lavergne, Alexa Ben­der and Jon­nis Tan­nis.

Val­ley Dance­works pres­i­dent Jenni Walsh told The Labradorian that the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the dancers, giv­ing them a chance to show­case what the team has worked so hard for all year.

“It was great to see so many of our group rou­tines do so well at the Na­tion­als con­sid­er­ing you are com­pet­ing against some of the best dance stu­dios in the coun­try,” Walsh said. “I am un­be­liev­ably proud of them all.

“It’s not just about com­pet­ing, it’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for the girls to re­ceive higher dance train­ing from world renowned chore­og­ra­phers. Some of our dancers were also se­lected to do work­shops at the Na­tional Cirque School in Mon­treal. It’s the first time that’s ever been done and was def­i­nitely a high­light.”

A num­ber of the VDI dancers were also se­lected to com­pete in the Dance World Cup held af­ter the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. This in­cluded dance schools from coun­tries such as Ro­ma­nia, the United States and In­dia com­pet­ing against dances schools from across Canada.

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Rachel Mon­tague per­form­ing at the Dance World Cup.

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Val­ley Dance­works dancers at 5678 Show­time Na­tional Dance Cham­pi­onships.

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Val­ley Dance­works dancers in their Ir­ish Folk­loric dance cos­tumes at 5678 Show­time Na­tional Dance Cham­pi­onships.

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