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Maple Ridge dancers Germany-bound

Maple Ridge dancers, Alana Batista, Keanna Lakovic, and Hayley Hedquist, are off to the world championships in Germany next month. -
Maple Ridge dancers, Alana Batista, Keanna Lakovic, and Hayley Hedquist, are off to the world championships in Germany next month.
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Three local dancers auditioned, and have made it to the largest and most prestigious of all dance competitions – The International Dance Organization’s World Dance Championships – next month in Germany.

This year the world show dance championships will be held in Riesa from Nov. 21 to 26.

The International Dance Organization has more than 250,000 member dancers from six continents.

This world championship format is Olympic-style with only one gold, silver, and bronze being presented on the podium with the world champions national anthem being played as the top three medalist flags are raised.

Team Canada Dance National Director Bonnie Dyer has selected Danielle Gardner to choreograph the Canadian National Show Dance Team in Western Canada.

Gardner comes to the team with a wealth of experience, as a successful choreographer who has had dancers make it to the medal podium in the past, as well has previous experience attending the world championships.

Dyer said 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, she said.

“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,” Dyer said.

This year’s Team Canada Dance teams include the trio of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows dancers Alana Batista, Keanna Lakovic, and Hayley Hedquist.

While most teens are doing other activities during the summer, this youth group gladly gave up their summer holidays – as well as their weekends – to train for this and a chance to represent Canada on the world stage.

Since there is no government support for Team Canada Dance, each member must raise their own funds to attend the world championships.

Individually and in groups, the dancers have held hot dog sales, car washes, bottle drives, pub nights, sold doughnuts, and Tupperware sales.

They will be holding many more events through November.

“We hope that you will help support these young people who will represent your community, as well as your country, at the world championships,” Gardner said.

More more information on Team Canada Dance, people can visit www.teamcanadadance.com.

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