Peace River dancer selected as member of Team Canada Dance

Rachel Greidanus is the newest member of Team Canada Dance. Photo courtesy of See and Believe Photography, Fort St. John. Greidanus is from Peace River.

Off to World Dance Championships in Poland

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Peace River area dancer Rachel Greidanus has been selected to be part of Team Canada Dance.

Team Canada Dance will represent Canada at the World Dance Championships in Ossa, Poland this year.

The championships are sanctioned by the International Dance Organization [IDO] and are considered to be the Olympics of dance. Two groups of dancers, one group from Alberta and one from Ontario, will be representing Canada as part of Team Canada.

Greidanus auditioned for the team in Grande Prairie on Dec. 7, 2019, and got the news on Jan. 30 that she had been selected to join.

“I feel amazed and privileged to have been selected to be part of Team Canada Dance,” Greidanus says.

“I’m really excited to perform at such a large event and have the opportunity to learn from different and experienced teachers and choreographers.”

Greidanus just turned 13 on March 5. She trains at the Peace Region Dance Society in Peace River, and is also part of the Peace Fusion Dance Company of elite competitive dancers. She has previously competed as far away as San Diego.

Greidanus will be competing with Team Canada Dance at two World Championships that occur consecutively at the same location in Poland, the IDO World Ballet & Jazz Championships on Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2020, and the IDO World Modern & Contemporary Championships Dec. 5 to Dec 9.

The national director of Team Canada Dance, Bonnie Dyer, says, “Canada has been quite successful in all dance disciplines at the World Championships and this is mainly due to the high standards of training that our local studios offer.”

Dyer continues, “It is also great to see the ‘best of the best’ in Canada, dancers from various studios, towns and provinces coming together onto one team with one goal – to represent Canada!”

Neither of the world championship events has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizers hope the events will be able to go ahead.

Dancers must raise money to attend the championships, because unlike other countries, Canada does not provide any government assistance for Team Canada’s dancers. It takes many hours of training it takes for dancers to compete, with dancers often training seven days and week, on their weekends and over summer.

Greidanus’ mother, Alisa Greidanus, says she will likely be seeking sponsorships and doing fundraising to help cover travel and other costs.

Rachel Greidanus shows her form while performing at the Terpsichore dance competition.

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