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SB Dance Academy takes top honors in final competition of the season

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Jazz band ‘Dive in the Pool’ were awarded 1st mini band at the Bedazzled competition earlier this season in Collingwood. SB Dance Academy dancers included: Gracie Longmire (left), Violet Wolfkamp, ​​Brielle Hagen, Brianna Regier, Ripley Leung, Lyla Roote, Hayley Stefanich and Camilla Cameron. [Submitted]

Based on several top five performances from local dancers, Port Elgin’s SB Dance Academy won the Top Studio award in a competition at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville on April 20-21 that featured clubs from Georgetown , Richmond Hill and Midland.

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After a “difficult” dance season due to the pandemic, the dancers were “happy to be on stage” in the final competition, according to Sandra Bélanger, owner of SB Dance Studio.
“It was a really great team effort with great dancing and wonderful choreography,” Belanger said in a May 2 phone interview, adding that the season’s hard work resulted in the top five. results in the junior, intermediate and senior categories in several dance styles, including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acro and hip hop.

Lindsay Ross, competitive team leader and choreographer at SB Dance Academy, won the choreography of the session award for her acro number “Let It All Go.”

“The judges loved the flow and the use of the stage and the smooth transitions,” Ross said in a May 2 phone interview, adding that it was great to see the dancers compete so well, especially after closures have canceled competitions for the past two years.

Competition highlights include:

High score of the day: Senior jazz group, “Vogue” with Addison Kaake, Addison Hoffman, Alivea Vance, Aarelyn Wade, Amellea Deschambeault-Havaris, Gabby Vance, Olivia Austin, Lyndsey VanSickle, Madison Playter and Poppy Munro.

Best score of the session: Junior Open Group, “Up To” with Brooklyn Lammie, Summer Reilley, Sophia Tsatsos, Kaelynn O’Brien and Addison Kaake.

Best solo score of the session: “The happiest year” Olivia Austin

Junior solos – 2nd, 4th and 5th overall: Lyla Roote – Acro, Addison Kaake – Lyrical, Summer Reilley – Open

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Intermediate Solos – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall: Olivia Austin – Open, Gabby Vance – Acro, Kaelynn O’Brien – Acro, Sophia Tsatsos – Open

Intermediate Duos/Trios -: 1st overall: Olivia Austin, Gabby Vance – Acro

Senior solos – 2nd and 4th overall: Poppy Munro – Contemporary, Lyndsey VanSickle – Acro

Session Choreography Award : “Let it all go” – Lindsay Ross

Earlier in the season, SB Dance Studio dancers won numerous awards competing at Mississauga’s Kick It Up, Collingwood’s Dance Canada, Collingwood’s Bedazzled and Huntsville’s Xtreme Dance Champions.

All dancers will take to the stage at the annual Season Ending Fun Dance Recital on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Saugeen District High School.

The public is welcome. Adult tickets are $10, children under five are free.

Senior dancers from SB Dance Academy in Port Elgin won the Senior Dance Canada Cup at Dance Canada in Collingwood last season.  They included: Gabby Vance (left), Ava Cameron, Olivia Austin, Kaelynn O'Brien, Aarelyn Wade, Lindsay Ross, Amellea Deschambeault-Havaris, Poppy Munro, Lyndsey Vansickle and Alivea Vance. [Submitted]
Senior dancers from SB Dance Academy in Port Elgin won the Senior Dance Canada Cup at Dance Canada in Collingwood last season. They included: Gabby Vance (left), Ava Cameron, Olivia Austin, Kaelynn O’Brien, Aarelyn Wade, Lindsay Ross, Amellea Deschambeault-Havaris, Poppy Munro, Lyndsey Vansickle and Alivea Vance. [Submitted]

Some of the SB Dance Academy team members who helped the Port Elgin club win the Top Studio Trophy at the Xtreme competition April 20-21 in Huntsville included, top left: Jack Cameron, Addison Kaake, Aarelyn Wade, Poppy Munro, Addison Hoffman, Ava Cameron, Summer Reilley, Gabby Vance, Olivia Austin, Kaelynn O’Brien and Madison Playter. Middle: Aliea Vance and Lyndsey VanSickle. Front: Paige Wade, Sandra Bélanger and Lindsay Ross. [Submitted]