The competitive students at the Studio Dance Arts in Elliot Lake recently returned from two major dance competitions, and brought back hardware.
Christine Brunet, head dance instructor at Studio Dance Arts in Elliot Lake, says their competitive division (known as SDA) competed in Gatineau, Quebec for five days in April. The dance competition, named The Knock Out Dance Challenge (TKO), saw 27 Studio Dance Arts competitive division. The students ranged in age from seven to 18 years, and competed with 25 routines, from solos to groups.
“It was wonderful,” says Brunet.
She says the points their dancers’ performances received were all in the 90 and over range.
“It’s definitely an ‘A’.”
The dancers love this competition, she explains.
“Not only do they compete in their divisions, but on the final day they have what they call ‘The Main Event.’”
It has the two highest scoring groups in their respective divisions, junior and senior.
She says two of the junior company and two senior company groups competed.
In The Main Event, the junior company performed to ‘Steam Heat,’ and the combined junior and senior companies dance to ‘Around.’
The senior company performed ‘Chicago’ and ‘Bailar.’
She adds that a number of the dancers won ‘best overall.’ Taylor Schell (age 14), was third best overall in the tap division; Kelsey Patry (16) won first overall for her lyrical solo (she is also one of Dance Studio Arts teachers); and Ava Bray-Bramble (12) won first overall in the junior tap division, says Brunet.
The second competition was The View Dance Challenge in London, Ontario, from May 23 to 26.
“This was a little tougher competition.”
Brunet says because this is a smaller school with less time to practice (less than six hours per week), she usually enrolls the troupes in the pre-competitive division.
However, this time, Brunet says she was so confident in the abilities of her dancers, she enrolled them in the competitive division.
“I had faith that they were ready.
“My kids are warriors, I’m happy to say.”
Two new mini division competitive soloists are: Charlotte Parsons and Ella Fortin.
“They did very well in their divisions.”
In addition, Evan Tyler, a 14-year-old novice division tap soloist, competed with his first solo and he won, with ‘Come Fly With Me.
And they did not disappoint Brunet in this competition.
The marks they received at The View Dance Challenge were in the high gold range, 90 to 94 marks, the second highest standing in the competitive division. A few even hit the platinum range, (95-110 marks) the highest marks.
“They did well. I’m so proud of them.”