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(Posted 1:30 p.m., May 14)

Leeming Danceworks captures four titles at ADA competition
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Leeming 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

Members 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 separate titles.

The 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 title.

Sierra 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.

Needless 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 Rhythm".

"My 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."

Besides winning a three-foot high trophy, each ADA titlest also receives an ADA jacket with their title embroidered on the front.

"I've worn it every day," says Sierra proudly.

While 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.

On 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.

The 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.

Competing 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.

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


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