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(Posted 05/17/06)

East end dancers win bevy of awards at local American Dance Awards competition
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Kevin 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 Won’t 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.

Eight-year-old 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”.

Other 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.

Elsewhere, 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 Studio.

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

All 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.

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

 

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