© Melissa Marshall
Leah Byrne, Ally Elliott, Maria Edmunds and Anna Byrne are four of the girls chosen to represent the Labrador Showstoppers.
Eighteen girls, aged 4-13, from central Labrador has been chosen to be part of a competitive dance team, called the Labrador Showstoppers. The girls have been part of a dance group run by Valley Danceworks, which is owned and operated by Melissa Marshall.
Marshall is hoping that the team will be able to compete sometime in 2014. But competing will be expensive. After travel, accommodations, and competition entry fees, Labrador Showstoppers will need to raise $150, 000.
“The problem we have is there’s no competitions within the province for us to attend. There isn’t another competitive dance studio of our kind. So we actually have to leave the province to offer this to our girls,” says Marshall
The organizing committee for Labrador Showstoppers is made up of parents of the dancers. They will be responsible for fundraising activities. The first fundraiser will be a bottle drive held on Saturday, January 5th. Some of the dancers will be going door to door to collect recyclables. People can also drop off their bottle and can donations to Rodger’s Recycling Green Depot on the same day.
Congratulations to the 18 girls who were selected for the competitive team: Ally Elliott, Leah Byrne, Anna Byrne, Malika Hunter, Micayle Hunter, Maria Edmunds, Emma Edmunds, Jacey Pilgrim, Jenna Coles, Nikita Heath, Rebekah Pelley, Rachel Humphries, Sarah Humphries, Emily Peyton, Caylie Hopkins, Blaze Nochasak, Haley-Len Lee, and Breanna Andrews.