Dance Academy of Prince Rupert dancers, left, perform a lift during the Large Group Modern/Contemporary 16 years and under showcase. The group came in second place.

Dance Academy of Prince Rupert dancers, left, perform a lift during the Large Group Modern/Contemporary 16 years and under showcase. The group came in second place.

Rupert dancers twirl magic in Prince George

Prince Rupert dancers took their talents to Prince George Dance Festival (PGDF) and came back with several trophies and top three finishes.

More than 140 Prince Rupert dancers took their talents east recently for the annual Prince George Dance Festival (PGDF) and came back with several trophies and top three finishes as the festival season opens.

The festival ran from March 11-17 and welcomed approximately 60 dancers from Spectrum City Dance and 83 from Dance Academy of Prince Rupert (DAPR).  

It was an experience well worth it for her dancers, said Spectrum artistic director Ella Ferland.

“I think they got that hard work pays off, which is a very valuable thing to learn. And they always learn how to win and sometimes how to lose with grace, because you’re going to do both,” she said.

For DAPR dancers, artistic director and owner Teresa Mackereth said it’s the social aspect that does the students wonders.

“The dancers hang out together after the competition and they go swimming and the parents all hang out and we socialize a lot. It’s sort of a working holiday and I think it builds a bond for students and it’s a reward for all the many, many hours of practice,” she said.

Students have been practicing their routines since September, some even started in August, so festival season brings about a reward for all the hard work.

Nineteen dance schools attended the festival, from as far as Fort St. John and Whitehorse, which meant more competition. In some categories, there were more than 20 people competing. But Rupert dancers still came away with quite a few strong finishes.

Spectrum had 29 groups and of those, 11 got first place finishes, 15 finished in second and six placed third. In solos, Spectrum dancers got 20 firsts, 17 seconds, 12 thirds and two fourths. They also racked up five trophies during the week.

“Because it was such a big competition, that really stands for something,” Ferland said.

As for DAPR, their dancers got 23 first place finishes, 16 second place and 18 third place as well as a few trophies.

“We felt we represented ourselves successfully. We enjoyed the comments from the adjudicators. Their papers had lots of information to help make the performance better,” Mackereth said.

Taylor Jackson, from DAPR, in particular had herself a successful festival. Jackson, 11, was named the most promising dancer for 12 and under. She had two first-place finishes, a second and placed third three times.

From Spectrum, Hannah Graham stood out, with eight top-three finishes, most notably taking first in the Hip Hop Solo, Lyrical Solo and Modern/Contemporary Solo categories.  

Full list of results:

8 years and under

  • Large group Jazz, 1st place — Spectrum

  • Large group Jazz, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Demi-Character Solo, 1st place — Fiona Riesen, DAPR

  • Large Group Classical Ballet, 1st place — Spectrum

9 years and under

  • Lyrical Solo, 1st place — Nolan Robinson, Spectrum

  • Lyrical Solo, 3rd place — Tallulah Mackereth, DAPR

  • Demi-Character Solo, 1st place — Misha Pikola, Spectrum

  • Demi-Character Solo, 2nd place — Tallulah Mackereth, DAPR

  • Demi-Character Solo, 3rd place — Nolan Robinson, Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 2nd place — Jordan Rysstad, Spectrum

  • Song & Dance Solo, 1st place — Alivia Ciccone, DAPR

  • Variety Solo, 1st place — Alivia Ciccone, DAPR

10 years and under

  • Classical Ballet, 3rd place — Anna Nguyen, Spectrum

  • Lyrical Solo, 2nd place — Anna Nguyen, Spectrum

  • Large Group Jazz, 1st place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Jazz, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 1st place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Modern/Contemporary, 1st place — DAPR

  • Large Group Classical Ballet, 1st place — DAPR

  • Small Group Classical Ballet, 1st place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Song & Dance, 1st place — DAPR

  • Large Group Song & Dance, 3rd place — Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 3rd place — Anna Nguyen, Spectrum

  • Song & Dance Solo, 1st place — Jyllian Lussier, DAPR

  • Large Group Tap, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Tap, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Small Group Song & Dance, 1st place — DAPR

  • Small Group Tap, 1st place — DAPR (Trophy awarded)

  • Large Group Variety, 1st place — DAPR

  • Large Group Hip Hop, 1st place — DAPR

  • Large Group Hip Hop, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Jazz Duo, 2nd place — Carina Franes/Gracie Long, DAPR

  • Large Group Lyrical, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Lyrical, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Jazz Solo, 1st place — Gillian Jardim, Spectrum

  • Variety Duo, 2nd place — Amy Hill/Cassidy Kawaguchi, DAPR

11 years and under

  • Lyrical Solo, 3rd place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

  • Demi-Character Solo, 3rd place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

  • Tap Solo, 1st place — Libby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Song & Dance Solo, 1st place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

  • Variety Solo, 2nd place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

  • Jazz Solo, 3rd place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 1st place — Taylor Jackson, DAPR

12 years and under

  • Lyrical Solo, 2nd place — Nathania-Marie Cam, Spectrum

  • Large Group Jazz, 1st place — Spectrum (Trophy awarded)

  • Large Group Jazz, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Classical Ballet, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Small Group Classical Ballet, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 1st place — Catherine Phuong, Spectrum

  • Large Group Tap, 1st place — Spectrum (Trophy awarded)

  • Large Group Variety, 3rd place — Spectrum

  • Variety Solo, 2nd place — Nathania-Marie Cam, Spectrum

  • Acro Solo, 2nd place — Amy Hill, DAPR

  • Large Group Hip Hop, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Jazz Solo, 1st place — Nathania-Marie Cam, Spectrum

  • Large Group Lyrical, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 1st place — Nathania-Marie Cam, Spectrum

13 years years and under

  • Jazz solo, 1st place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

  • Jazz solo, 3rd place — Zosia Stevenson, Spectrum

  • Jazz solo, 4th place — Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Pointe solo, 1st place — Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Tap solo, 2nd place — Zosia Stevenson, Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Solo, 2nd place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

  • Hip Hop Solo, 3rd place — Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Demi-Character Solo, 1st place — Zosia Stevenson, Spectrum

  • Variety Solo, 2nd place — Zosia Stevenson, Spectrum

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 1st place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

  • Lyrical Solo, 1st place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

  • Lyrical Solo, 3rd place — Zosia Stevenson, Spectrum

  • Lyrical Solo, 4th place — Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

14 years and under

  • Jazz solo, 3rd place — Sarah Overton, Spectrum

  • Pointe solo, 2nd place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Duo, 1st place — Anna Nguyen/Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 3rd place — Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Solo, 1st place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Solo, 2nd place — Sarah Overton, Spectrum

  • Large Group Jazz, 1st place — DAPR

  • Large Group Song & Dance, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Modern/Contemporary Solo, 1st place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Modern/Contemporary Solo, 2nd place — Sarah Overton, Spectrum

  • Song & Dance Solo, 2nd place — Lola Clothier, DAPR

  • Song & Dance Duo, 1st place — Karlie Fudger/Lola Clouthier (CHECK), DAPR

  • Small Group Song & Dance, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Small Group Modern/Contemporary, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Variety, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Demi-Character Solo, 2nd place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Small Group Jazz, 1st place — DAPR

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 3rd place — Anna Nguyen, Spectrum

  • Lyrical Solo, 1st place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

15 years or under

  • Demi-Character Solo, 3rd place — Gianna Evans, DAPR

  • Vareity Solo, 1st place — Gianna Evans, DAPR

  • Variety Solo, 3rd place — Miranda Baker, DAPR

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 3rd place — Hannah Graham, Spectrum

16 years and under

  • Pointe solo, 1st place — Gillian Jardim, Spectrum

  • Variety Duo, 1st place — Gianna Evans/Jade Rothwell, DAPR

  • Variety Duo, 2nd place — Gillian Jardim/Hannah Graham, Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Duo, 1st place — Gianna Evans/Grace Simonds, DAPR

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Demi-Character, 3rd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Modern/Contemporary, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Hip Hop Solo, 1st place — Hailey Cox, Spectrum

  • Jazz Solo, 2nd place — Gillian Jardim, Spectrum

  • Jazz Solo, 3rd place — Katrina Duong, Spectrum

  • Large Group Modern/Contemporary, 2nd place — DAPR

  • Large Group Jazz, 1st place — Spectrum (Trophy awarded)

  • Large Group Tap, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Large Group Song & Dance, 3rd place — Spectrum

  • Modern/Contemporary Solo, 3rd place — Bailey Rae, DAPR

  • Song & Dance Solo, 3rd place — Gianna Evans, DAPR

  • Large Group Variety, 1st place — Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 1st place — Katrina Duong, Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 2nd place — Kathy Nguyen, Spectrum

  • Large Group Hip Hop, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Variety Solo, 1st place — Gillian Jardim, Spectrum

  • Variety Solo, 3rd place — Piper Clouthier, DAPR

  • Lyrical Solo, 1st place — Gillian Jardim, Spectrum

  • Small Group Jazz, 3rd place — DAPR

17 years and under

  • Pointe solo, 2nd place — Emily Jack, Spectrum

  • Modern/Contemporary Solo, 2nd place — Emily Jack, Spectrum

  • Tap Solo, 3rd place — Tylie Wong, Spectrum

18 years and under

  • Acro Duo, 1st place — Catherine Phuong/Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Acro Solo, 1st place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

  • Acro Solo, 2nd place — Ruby Ferlaino, Spectrum

  • Acro Solo, 3rd place — Addie Pottle, DAPR

  • Small Group Jazz, 2nd place — Spectrum

  • Classical Ballet Solo, 3rd place — Karlie Fudger, DAPR

 

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