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Orléans Ward
Bob Monette

(Posted 04/05/04)
Leeming students prove they Can-Dance with the best of 'em
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

Jasmine Lee and Olivier Roy received the top overall score for a junior duet or trio at the recent Can-Dance competition. Fred Sherwin/Photoo

Once a year, the best dancers in the National Capital region and beyond gather for five day competition known simply as Can-Dance.

Can-Dance competitions are held across Canada at seven different venues.

This year’s 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.

Orléans’ 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.

Leeming 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.

The 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”.

Leeming’s 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.

Other Diamond performances were turned in by the Danceworks’ Senior Tap Group category for “Jumpin’ Jack”, while Kevin Howe received high marks for his jazz solo.

The studio’s overall result has Leeming Danceworks’ owner Sharon Leeming Mann grinning from ear to ear.

“I’m very, very proud of all our dancers and our teachers,” said Mann who credited the studio’s success to a wholesale commitment by students and staff. “I think it’s 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 they’ve gained with each competition in watching other top dancers perform and seeing what it takes to be successful.”

The 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.

Two Leeming Danceworks students were ineligible to compete in this year’s title competition because they won last year and competitors cannot win back-to-back titles.

The 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.

Carrying the banner for the Orléans dance studio this year was Jasmine’s brother Brendan who was crowned Mini Mr. Can-Dance after his performance Saturday night.

Although Brendan was the only competitor in the category, he still had to receive a Gold standard cumulative score to be awarded the title.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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