More than 200 dancers from all over British Columbia showcased more than 800 dance routines last week during the 24th BC Annual Dance Competition held at the Lester Centre of the Arts.
The top groups in each category showed off their moves at the annual Gala Performance, where the winners were announced, as well as the Performer of the Year recipients.
This year’s adjudicators Diego Arvelo, Jackie English and Brenden Turanich decided individual and group winners who all together took home approximately $70,000 in cash prizes and scholarships.
Dance students with a minimum of four solos in this year’s competition showed off their stuff in hopes of becoming this year’s Performer of the Year prize winners.
Lola Clare from Affinity Dance in Surrey was named the Junior Performer of the Year, and took home $1,000 along with the trophy and bragging rights.
Desiree Manning from Affinity Dance in Surrey took home the top prize of the competition, being titled as the Senior Performer of the Year, winning a trophy and a trip to Australia to attend and compete in the Australian Showcase in Gold Coast in January 2014.
In the Acrobatic Group category, Dance Unlimited from Prince Rupert took the second place cash prize for “Swingsation”, with Prince Rupert’s E-Motion taking home first place for “Sail”.
Dancers from E-Motion also took home the second place spot in the Classical Ballet Group division for “Requiem”.
In the Demi Character Group portion of the competition, dancers from Prince Rupert’s E-Motion took home the number one title for “Poulet Lake”.
Young dancers from E-Motion were named the runner-ups in the Jazz Group 12 and Under category for “Hearts Connected”.
Older dance students in the Jazz Group 13 and Up division also took the second place title in the category for “Crazy Love”.
In the Lyrical Group category, E-Motion dancers earned themselves the number one prize for “Unbroken”.
“Body Language”, a Modern/Contemporary dance routine by E-Motion dancers, placed number in its section.
Prince Rupert’s Dance Unlimited proudly reigned in the Song and Dance portion of the competition for the group’s “School’s Out Medley”.
Local dance groups took both the number one and two positions in the Tap Group category, with E-Motion dancers placing second for “Goofus” and first for “Give it Up”.
In the Variety Group 12 and Under section of the competition, Dance Unlimited students earned the second place prize for “Hotel Transylvania”, and E-Motion students took home first place for “Rumour in St. Petersburg”.
The final category Prince Rupert dance groups were given a prize in over the course of the weeklong competition was Variety Group 13 and Up, with E-Motion dancers receiving second place for “Join the Family Business”.
Over the course of the 2013 BC Annual Dance Competition a pile of prizes were given away to competing dancers in solo, duet and small group categories. While those winners were not showcased at the Gala Performance, they can be viewed on the competition’s website, www.bcada.com under the “awards and results” section of the site.
The Mary Lester Service Award was given to Prince Rupert business Hawkair for their continued support of the competition.
The BC Annual Dance Competition is put together by the Jazz Productions Association each year, that work year-round to raise money and recruit volunteers.