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Standing, from the left, are Carly Kennedy, Vienna Klikach, Megan Hebden, Bella Daigle and Megan Doyle. Sitting, from the left, are Ali Girard, Andrea Villanueva, Tessa Rowland and Francesca Manson.

Nine Sunshine Coast dancers have made it to the World Show Dance Championships, being held this year in Reisa, Germany from November 20 – 25.

This exciting World Championship format is Olympic-style with only one gold, silver and bronze medal presented on the podium while the world champion’s national anthem is played as the top three medalists’ flags are raised.

Along with 40 or so from Eastern Canada, 50 young dancers from Western Canada have earned a spot on Team Canada Show Dance West. That includes the nine from Coast Academy of Dance in Sechelt: Megan Hebden, age 11, Tessa Rowland, 11, Andrea Villanueva, 11, Bella Daigle, 13, Megan Doyle, 13 Ali Girard, 12, Carly Kennedy, 13, Vienna Klikach, 13, and Francesca Manson, 13.

Team Canada Dance National Director Mrs. Bonnie Dyer states that Canada has been quite successful in all dance disciplines at the World Championships and this is mainly due to the high standard of training that local studios offer. Says Mrs. Dyer, “It is also great to see the best of the best in Canada that come from various studios all working together as one team with one goal… and that is to represent Canada”.

The Canadian team’s repeated success is even more impressive considering Canada does not provide any financial assistance to these impressive athletes, whereas most European countries provide extensive support, including grants, scholarships, health insurance, workshops, physiotherapy, etc.  Our Team Canada Dance athletes must raise their own funds to train and attend the World Championships in Germany.

This very determined and talented young group, ages 7-19, dedicate their spare time to their sport, travelling every Sunday for 11 weeks to train for this incredible opportunity to represent Canada. Aside from the Sunshine Coast, this year’s team is comprised of dancers from Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Penticton, Powell River, Quesnel, Richmond, Salmon Arm, Surrey, West Vancouver, Vernon, and Lethbridge, Alberta .

More information on Team Canada Dance can be found at www.teamcanadadance.com.    Submitted

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