Peace Region Dance Society ends season on a high note

Chloe Pollard received two special On Stage Awards at the Northern Force Dance Competition for her stage presence and especially her huge smile. She is pictured here with adjudicator Lauren Overholt, who has appeared in TV series including Supernatural and Altered Carbon. Photo by Northern Force Dance.

Susan Thompson
Express Staff

The competitive dance season ended successfully for the Peace Region Dance Society (PRDS) with some impressive awards.

Dancers from both the competitive and recreational streams at the studio showed how far they had come since last fall at the final dance competition of the season, Northern Force Dance Competition in Grande Prairie from May 22 to 26.

Of the many dancers who received placements and special awards such as adjudicator’s choice awards, standout dancers were Janaya Leadlay, who was a top 10 soloist for the entire petite division in acro dance, and Hayden Harpe, who was also top 10 soloist for the petite division for the entire competition for her jazz solo.

The Ocean, a contemporary group dance, received High Gold, 1st place, a choreography award, and an “on stage award” for dancer Rachel Griedanus, as well as making it into the final showcase.

PRDS then held overall awards and a year-end barbeque at Athabasca Hall on May 31, before students in acro dance took their final exams and participated in a workshop the same weekend.

Acro dance teacher Leah Krzysztan said they were the best results her students had ever received on acro exams.

“Everyone did so so well and the examiner had nothing but good things to say about the kids and their technique. There were 9 highly commended plus marks, which is the highest standing you can receive in an Acro Exam,” she told parents in a post on Facebook.

Dancer Nyla Thietke also received a highly commended plus plus mark for her intermediate 1 exam where she received a perfect score.

All students who received the high marks receive medals.

PRDS held two registration nights last week, and is also running several dance camps over the summer.

For more information on fall classes and camps visit the Peace Region Dance Society Facebook page.

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