Area’s first competitive team performs well at St. John’s, Quebec events
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Pictured in this collage are members of the competitive dance team with Valley Danceworks Inc., in Happy Valley Goose Bay. Beginning top left, and going clockwise, they include: Breana Andrews, Caylie Hopkins, Haley-Len Lee, Tara Ryan, Emma Edmunds, Rebekah Pelley, Jayla Caines, Sarah Lethbridge, Elena Pike, Emily Peyton, Ashley Dingwell. Missing from photo is Kaylee Bolger.
April will be a month to remember for the 12 members of the Valley Danceworks Inc. competitive dance team.
The dancers took part in two events, including the “5-6-7-8 SHOWTIME” regional competition in St. John’s early in the month, and a second event in Mont-Tremblant, Que., later in April.
It’s the town’s first competitive dance team, and they include the following: Breana Andrews, Kaylee Bolger, Jayla Caines, Ashley Dingwell, Emma Edmunds, Caylie Hopkins, Haley-Lee Lee, Sarah Lethbridge, Rebekah Pelley, Emily Peyton, Elena Pike and Tara Ryan.
All the girls danced beautifully and several came home with first, second and third place finishes in their solo events. Choreography was by Melissa Marshall.
Here is a breakdown of results from the two events:
• nine-and-under jazz — Elena Pike (first), Emma Edmunds (second), and Jayla Caines (third);
• nine-and-under tap — Emma Edmunds (first), Elena Pike (second), and Rebekah Pelley (third);
• ages10-12 jazz solo — Emily Peyton (first) and Caylie Hopkins (second);
• ages 10-12 variety solo — Tara Ryan (first);
• ages 15-17 lyrical solo — Haley-Len Lee (third);
• ages 13-15 theatre dance solo — Ashley Dingwell (first).
• ages 13-15 theater dance solo — Ashley Dingwell (second).
Valley Danceworks Inc., is a non-profit corporation offering a variety of dance classes five days-a-week in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Supporters are pleased to report that several special honours were earned at the St. John’s event.
Elena Pike received an honourable mention for having the highest points total of all the dancers in the under-12 category.
Out of 140 dancers from 11 dance studios, Emma Edmunds, Emily Peyton and Elena Pike were among approximately 15 dancers selected to participate in the international competition, Dance World Cup, to be held in Niagara Falls, Ont., July 4-6.
In addition, Ashley Dingwell, Emily Peyton and Elena Pike also received a $500 scholarship to go toward the “Paris Dance Tour” training opportunity, scheduled for Aug. 4-11.
Only nine were selected at that event and three of them were from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. They only select approximately 80 dancers total across Canada each year. What an incredible achievement for their very first competitive season.
This is yet another example of how Labrador participants should never be underestimated.
Valley Danceworks Inc. is extremely proud of all our dancers and we offer them our full support as they continue to demonstrate their love of dance.
You may see some of these young dancers out and about over the next few weeks as they are fundraising to cover registration and travel costs to these national and international events.
They have truly been given a potentially life-changing opportunity.