(Posted 7:30 a.m., July 28)
dancers shine at American dance competition
Proulx and Kevin Howe recently returned
from the American Dance Awards National
Championship in New York City where they
placed two routines in the Dance-off event.
American Dance Awards National Championship is one
of the most prestigous dance competitions in the North
American, bringing together regional champions from
across Eastern Canada and the United States.
place in the top 10 at the event is a major accomplishment,
especially for dancers from a small centre like Ottawa.
To place in the top three or to get an invitation
to the National Dance-off is even more rare, which
is why the recent feat of Leeming Danceworks members
Kevin Howe and Isabelle Proulx to qualify not one,
but both of their duets in the Dance-off is so amazing.
pair went into the New York City competition having
received the top two overall scores for a duet or
trio at the ADA regional competition in Ottawa for
their jazz and lyrical routines as well as the Adjudicators
Award for the top overall score in May.
Dance-off is restricted to the top six duets in each
of two rooms out of more than 120 duets that were
thought one of the routines might get into the Dance-off,
but we were really surprised when they both got in,
says Isabelle whos been dancing with Kevin for
the past two years.
two routines are so different. We thought we had a
good shot with our jazz routine and a lot of people
were really intrigued with our lyrical number,
says Kevin, 17.
pair have been working with Toronto choreographer
Ryan Foley for the past two years and have already
started working with him on their routines for next
thought he couldnt top last years routines
this year and he did, so were really looking
forward to next year, says Isabelle whos
two years younger than her partner.
well as Kevin performed with Isabelle, he shone even
brighter on his own where he finished second runner
up in the Senior Male Dancer of the Year competition
for dancers 16 and over and unbelievably got the top
mark in the jazz class competing against both men
was insanely happy about that, says Kevin. Especially
since its just graded on your technical ability
and Ive never considered myself a real technical
dancer. I tend to concentrate more on the interpretation
of my dancing.
to be outdine by Leemings elder statesmen, the
sister act of eight-year-old Emma and 10-year-old
Mary-Kathyrn Bohn left their own mark in New York
pair received the top mark among duets nine and 10
years old and they finished in third place among all
duets 12 and under for their routine My Favourite
but not least, Emma was named the 4th runner up in
the Young Dancer of the Year competition in spite
of the fact that she was the youngest of the 23 competitors.
to say, Leeming Danceworks owner Sharon Leeming-Mann
was thrilled with the students results.
dont know what to say. I mean for them to go
down there and do so well says a lot about their ability
and the level of commitment theyve put into
their dancing. Theyre extremely talented, theyre
extremely hard working and they love to perform,
more information about Leeming Danceworks visit www.orleansonline.ca/LeemingDanceworks.
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