The Dance Academy of Prince Rupert might have needed another bus to haul home all the new hardware they won at the 2016 Prince George Dance Festival.
Held from March 12 – 18, approximately 67 dancers took part in the 40th annual event and the group took home a grand total of 16 trophies, as well as dozens of individual top-three finishes and six dancers garnered in hundreds of dollars in scholarships.
In small and large group placements, the Dance Academy of Prince Rupert (DAPR) or the “DAPR team” won eight first-place trophies for performances ‘Diamonds’, “Dance Dance Dance!’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Arabian Interlude’, ‘It’s My Party’, ‘Tempest’, ‘Xanadu’ and ‘Unstoppable’. DAPR also took home 14 second-place finishes and seven third-place showings.
In solos and duos, first-place trophies were awarded to Karlie Fudger, who won lyrical solo 12 years, Lola Clouthier for song and dance solo 12 years, Kali Pomponio and Lola Clouthier for variety duo 12 years, Kaia Jackson and Taylor Jackson for lyrical duo 14 years, Tallulah Mackereth for jazz solo eight-and-under and Taylor Jackson for variety solo 10 years.
The club additionally brought home 10 individual second-place showings, 13 third-place tallies and one fourth-place finish.
Winners of the Prince George Dance Festival scholarships included Tallulah Mackereth, who took home $100 for Smile and Joy of Dance – mini, Laura Fudger nabbed $50 for adjudicator’s choice – stage eight-and-under, Taylor Jackson took home $100 for most promising dancer 12-and-under, Lola Clouthier and Kali Pomponio won a $150 scholarship for duo stage scholarship and Bailey Rae won $250 for outstanding dance performance.