Pre-Competitive and competitive team dancers from Eurhythmics Dance Studio are preparing to grace the stage at their second festival of the season.
Heather Gordon, Instructor shares close to 100 students, competed at the 15th annual Class Act Dance Promotions festival held at MacEwan Hall in Calgary on March 22nd to March 24th. "Everybody did very, very well. We were awarded many high silvers, golds, and high golds, and on top of the medal standings, we received numerous outstanding, promising, adjudicators choice, and choreography awards. It was a very successful festival."
A new addition to the Class Act festival was the inaugural 'Show of Stars' which allowed for the highest scoring junior, intermediate and advanced routines from each studio to come back and perform. "Our biggest highlights was watching one of our young tap trios and a hip hop number perform in the Show of Stars. Then we had five of our advanced group teams that tied for the highest advanced mark, and so the festival had to determine who would dance in the show and that was pretty exciting. We had two advanced contemporary, advanced hip hop, and two advanced jazz groups; the festival ultimately decided that both of our jazz groups would get to perform, so it was pretty cool."
But more than the medals, trophies, and awards, Gordon shares what makes the studio the proudest is the positive attitude the dancers portray. "More than any awards we receive, we are most proud of how all our students represent our studio with humility, kindness, and passion. We love watching these dancers grow into such beautiful artists and beautiful human beings, it is so amazing to sit back and watch performances that are so full of emotion."
Although the dancers are scored on their performance, Gordon says it is a great learning experience. "It is one of the greatest things about being in dance. All of our dancers have to learn how to take criticism, and it makes them into stronger individuals in the long run."
Next up for the Eurhythmic dancers is the Dance For Dreams Charity festival running from April 10th to April 14th where the dancers will be competing to benefit their charity of choice the Ups and Downs- Calgary Down Syndrome Association. "It is a unique festival as it is a charitable festival. One of our studio's most important core values is inclusivity and dancing in regards to inclusivity is extremely important to us, so we are very excited."
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