1:30 p.m., May 14)
Danceworks captures four titles at ADA competition
Danceworks students Olivier Roy (left), Brendan Lee and Sierra Slegtenhorst show
off some of the hardware they won at the recent American Dance Awards competition
in Ottawa. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of the Leeming Danceworks studio finished the year with a strong showing at the
American Dance Awards regional qualifier in Ottawa last weekend, capturing four
studio's male contingent won three of the four male titles up for grabs. Brendan
Lee picked up Young Dancer of the Year honours, Olivier Roy was selected Teen
Dancer of the Year and Kevin Howe walked away with the Junior Dancer of the Year
Slegtenhorst was the studio's lone female titlest, picking up Young Dancer of
the Year honours after being named first runner up at separate CanDance competitions
in Ottawa and Montreal earlier this spring.
to say, the energetic nine-year-old was thrilled to finally walk away with a title.
"I was really surprised. When they announced that (fellow Leeming dancer)
Emma (Bohn) was first runner up I thought, 'Oh well, at least I had fun,' and
then they announced that the winner was from Leeming Danceworks and I knew I won.
I was really excited," says Sierra who won for her tap solo, "Jungle
mother told me, 'This one's for you. The other routines were for titles, but this
one is for you. Just go out and have fun.' When it was over she said it was my
best run this year and it felt that way."
winning a three-foot high trophy, each ADA titlest also receives an ADA jacket
with their title embroidered on the front.
worn it every day," says Sierra proudly.
the Young Dancer of the Year title was Sierra's first, Olivier Roy completed the
trifecta by adding the Male Teen Dancer of the Year title with his two Junior
Mr. CanDance titles from Montreal and Ottawa.
the verge of his 13th birthday, Olivier has been dancing competitively for the
past five years. Besides the titles, he's had a great deal of success teamed up
with Jasmine Lee who is two years younger.
pair have consistently received high marks for their routine "Slow Boat to
China", including a Diamond score at the Ottawa CanDance competition where
they received the top mark for a duet among intermediate competitiors aged 10-14.
in his last year as a junior, Brendan Lee recaptured the Male Junior Dancer of
the Year title he first won in 2003. According to ADA rules, a dancer can not
win back-to-back titles at a regional competition. Having won the title in Ottawa
in 2003, he wasn't eligible to defend his crown last year. Instead, he went to
the ADA event in Montreal and brought home the first place trophy.
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