end dancers win bevy of awards at local American Dance Awards competition
Howe and Isabelle Proulx perform one of their award winning duets at a recent
dance competition in Gatineau. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Kevin Howe is
on a roll. After earning the best overall score among solo performers aged
15 and over, male or female, at separate CanDance events in Montreal and Ottawa
in the last month, the 17-year-old Orléans dancer made it three for
three at the recent American Dance Awards competition in Gatineau on his way
to being named Male Dancer of the Year.
He also received
two of the top three marks for solo choreography 13 and over for his routines
Say You Wont Care and Take Me Away and teamed
up with duet partner Isabelle Proulx to earn the top two highest scores for
a duet or trio over the age of 13 for Fool and Better Together,
the latter of which received the highest combined mark for choreography and
technique out of all the routines 13 and over.
Proulx was also
named second runner-up in the Teen Dancer of the Year solo competition out
of more than 70 competitors.
Howe and Proulx
both dance out of the Leeming Danceworks studio in Orléans as do sisters
Emma and Mary Kathryn Bohn who swept the female junior categories.
Emma Bohn was named Young Dancer of the Year for her routine High Hopes,
and 10-year-old Mary Kathryn finished in a tie with Madison Van Dalen from
the Greta Leeming Studio in Nepean in the Junior Dancer of the Year category
for her routine A Dream Come True. The sister act then teamed
up to earn the highest overall mark for a duo or trio 12 and under for their
routine My Favourite Things.
Leeming Danceworks members who did well include Olivier Roy and Maxime Lamothe
who were first and second runner-up respectively in the Teen Dancer of the Year
solo category; and Emma Portner who received the Style and Sound award.
Vanessa Roby of Orléans competed as a senior for the first time and was
named fourth runner-up out of more than 80 competitors in female Dancer of the
Year title event, while Brendan Lee, also from Orléans, was named Young
Dancer of the Year (male) and older sister Jasmine came fourth in the competition
for Junior Dancer of the Year. All three youngsters are members of the Greta Leeming
winning a three-foot high trophy, each ADA titlist also receives an ADA jacket
with their title embroidered on the front.
of the title holders will be heading off to New York City in July to take part
in the ADA National Championships against title holders from other regional competitions.
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