Local dance groups find success

ELMSDALE: Dancers with two local studios returned home from weekend competitions on March 31-April 2 with a boatload full of hardware for their outstanding routines.

DanceZone in Elmsdale and Enfield-based RSI Danceworks each competed at the Danceabition Cape Breton competition, held at the Emera Centre, and the Limelight competition in Halifax.

Dancers with DanceZone returned with 11 top mark trophies and three showcase finals awards, while RSI nabbed 25 medals.

Bringing home Top Mark trophies for DanceZone in the 12 7 under Intermediate group was the Minnie Pre-Troupe Plus with their routine Trouble. The troupe includes Sofia Bitar; Nylah Cannon; Alexis Chaisson; Madison Dillman; Mia Doucette; Ava Law; Avery MacAskill; Camden Maloney; Kylie Paul; and Ryslin Turner.

Sarah Bell, with Your Day Will Come, took home top marks in the 12 & Under Contemporary Solo, while Brooklyn Law won in the 12 & Under Acro solo for Macavity.

Madison Hopewell earned top marks in the 13 & over Contemporary solo for Your Day Will Come, while in the 13 & over Jazz Solo Mackenzie Hopewell had top marks for Destination.

Mackenzie Hopewell for Creature took home top marks in 13 & over Modern solo; while the two Lantz sisters, Madison and Mackenzie teamed to take top marks for Don’t Let Me Go in the 13 & over Duo/Trio.

In the 13 & over Small Group category, Mackenzie Hopewell; Madison Hopewell; Jessica Pertus; and Sydney MacNeil took top honours with Until We Go Down.

The Syncro Troupe, comprised of Katherine Ball; Jadra Hannam; Haley Helpard; Olivia Helpard; Taylor Hirtle; Mackenzie Hopewell; Madison Hopewell; Sydney MacNeil; Janaya O’Toole; and Jessica Pertus, took top marks in 13 & over Large Group with See the Light.

In the 13 & over Line Group, the Syncro Troupe performing Afterhours won. The group is made up of Piper Atwood; Katherine Ball; Jadra Hannam; Haley Helpard; Olivia Helpard; Taylor Hirtle; Mackenzie Hopewell; Madison Hopewell; Sydney MacNeil; Abigail McGrath; Janaya O’Toole; Meaghan Penny; Jessica Pertus,; Olivia Shive; and Joely Wallace.

Annalise Morash and Piper Atwood with Get Ugly took home the Pro Am Duo top marks.

For the Showcase Finals awards, Sarah Bell was recognized as the Most Promising Dancer in the 12 & Under category; Mackenzie and Madison Hopewell earned the 13 & Over Duo/Trio Overall Award for Don’t Let Me Go; while the sisters teamed with Jessica Pertus and Sydney MacNeil on Until We Go Down to win the 13 & Over Overall Award.

For RSI Danceworks, they won 25 medals comprised of gold, silver, and bronze medals among the 30 dance schools at Limelight, which attracted schools from N.S., N.B., P.E.I. and NL.

RSI also earned an Exclusive Gold (a mark of 95 per cent and over) on 12 different occasions.

Among some of the winning routines include: highest mark overall classical Jazz Group; highest mark overall Lyrical Group; highest mark overall Specialty Group; highest mark overall Contemporary Group; highest mark overall Pop Jazz Group; highest mark overall Hip Hop Solo/Duo/Trio; and highest mark overall Student Choreography Solo/Duo/Trio

RSI also earned the Best Choreography Award for their routine “Psyche” out of over 700 routines. It was choreographed by Ryan Lee.

Five of their routines also made it to The Vault, a dance off featuring the 30 best routines from the entire weekend as picked by the judges.

Those routines picked from RSI included: “Battle of Time” choreographed by Stephanie Mitro; “Fix You” choreographed by Jocelyne Hope; “Bounce” choreographed by Ashley Ettinger; “The Wilderness Downtown” choreographed by Amanda Stafford; and “Who Cares” choreographed by Stephanie Mitro.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!