students prove they Can-Dance with the best of 'em
By Fred Sherwin
Lee and Olivier Roy received the top overall score for a junior duet or trio at
the recent Can-Dance competition. Fred Sherwin/Photoo
year, the best dancers in the National Capital region and beyond gather for five
day competition known simply as Can-Dance.
competitions are held across Canada at seven different venues.
years Ottawa Can-Dance competition was held at école Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau
in Gatineau and featured nearly 700 dancers from the top dance schools in Eastern
Ontario and Western Quebec.
own Leeming Danceworks entered a full slate of dancers at the
mini (age 7-9),
junior (age 10-12), teen (age 13-15) and senior (16 and over) levels and came
away with its best showing ever 12 firsts, two seconds and three thirds
in the individual,
duet and group categories.
Danceworks dancers also received nine Diamond awards given to competitors
who achieve a score between 95 and 100; 19 Platinum awards for scores between
90 and 94; 23 High Gold awards for scores between 85 and 89; and two Gold awards
for scores between 80 and 84.
studio also won the Overall High Score Production Trophy for their Disney
Magic number, while Jasmine Lee and Olivier Roy received the overall high
score for a duet or trio in the junior division for their routine Things.
junior dancers turned in a number of stellar performances collecting four of the
seven Diamond awards. Besides
the overall high score for a duet or trio, the juniors made the grade in the Junior
Tap Line category for Bugle Call; the Junior Jazz Line category for
Knock on Wood; and the Junior Tap Group (Small) for Old MacDonald
which also received the Adjudicators Choice Award in the junior division.
Diamond performances were turned in by the Danceworks Senior Tap Group category
for Jumpin Jack, while Kevin Howe received high marks for his
studios overall result has Leeming Danceworks owner Sharon Leeming
Mann grinning from ear to ear.
very, very proud of all our dancers and our teachers, said Mann who credited
the studios success to a wholesale commitment by students and staff. I
think its a combination of the students getting more serious about their
performances and the amount of commitment it takes to do well here and the experience
theyve gained with each competition in watching other top dancers perform
and seeing what it takes to be successful.
Can-Dance Competition is actually two competitions in one the regular competition
and the title competition which takes place over the course of three days during
which each entrant is judged in four areas: an interview; audition classes; modeling
and a solo performance.
Leeming Danceworks students were ineligible to compete in this years title
competition because they won last year and competitors cannot win back-to-back
two dancers were Kevin Howe, who won the Teen Mr. Can-Dance title last year, and
Jasmine Lee who won the Mini Miss Can-Dance title.
the banner for the Orléans dance studio this year was Jasmines brother Brendan
who was crowned Mini Mr. Can-Dance after his performance Saturday night.
Brendan was the only competitor in the category, he still had to receive a Gold
standard cumulative score to be awarded the title.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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