10:30 p.m., May 1)
end well represented at Ottawa CanDance event
Proulx and Kevin Howe perform one of their spellbinding duets during the Diamond
Dance Off portion of the Ottawa CanDance competition on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
end was well represented at the National Capital CanDance competition held this
past week at the Palais du Congrés in Gatineau, with several area dancers
finishing at the top of their class.
area youngsters managed to win titles; three routines earned the overall high
score in their respective age groups and the Leeming Danceworks studio placed
10 routines in the grand finale Diamond Dance Off.
Jasmine Lee from the Greta Leeming Dance Studio in Nepean won the Junior Miss
CanDance title for her tap dance routine "A Dream is a Wish" and eight-year-old
Emma Bohn from Leeming Danceworks was crowned Mini Miss CanDance for her jazz
dance routine "It's A Small World".
Emma's sister and
duet partner Mary Kathryn received the top overall mark among the solo junior
competitors 10 and under for her interpretation of "A Dream is a Wish",
while fellow Leeming Danceworks member Kevin Howe, 17, earned the top overall
mark among the solo senior dancers 15 and over.
was the second time that Howe received the top senior solo score in three weeks.
He accomplished the same feat at the Montreal CanDance event two weeks ago performing
a different routine.
unbeliveable," Howe said in reference to his most recent performance. "I
know a lot of the girls in this competition and they're unbelieveable, so to receive
the highest score was definitely a shock."
Bohn and Howe, Leeming Danceworks also earned the highest score in the senior
year group category for "Over the Rainbow", which also took first palce
honours in the senior small group lyrical class 15 and over. The group consisted
of Howe, Isabelle Proulx, Rachel Cogan, Stephanie Harding, Gabrielle Prud'homme,
Jessica Lee and Stephanie Therrien.
seven dancers returned to the Palais du Congrés on Sunday night to take
part in the Diamond Dance Off, along with 51 other groups and duets. All told,
Leeming had 10 routines in the grand finale which features the best of the best
in head-to-head competition.
very happy," said Leeming Danceworks owner Sharon Leeming. "Last year
we had eight routines in the Dance Off and the year before that we only had three,
so I'm thrilled."
and duet partner Isabelle Proulx were kept extremely busy having to perform in
seven out of the 10 routines each, requiring seven different costume changes.
the end, the school's intermediate extended line tap routine "Christmas Presence"
was the only performance that placed in the top three, taking second place honours
among the senior groups.
other east end dancers also competed in the Diamond Dance Off. Fresh off of winning
the Junior Miss CanDance title, Jasmine Lee performed in "Chopsticks"
and her nine-year-old brother Brendan was front and centre in "Under The
Apple Tree". Both dancers are now with the the Greta Leeming School of Dance
after spending several years at Leeming Danceworks.
former Leeming student, Vanessa Roby, performed in six routines in the Diamond
Dance Off including "Stradivarius" which received a special award for
being the most artisitc routine in the entire competition. The 15-year-old also
recieved two diamond awards for finishing first in teen solo tap and second in
teen solo lyrical.
of the dancers will be at it again next week when they take part in the regional
American Dance Awards competition at the Nepean Sportsplex.
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