Local dancers rake in the trophies in Palm Springs


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August 12, 2014 8:03 AM

In full swing, the girls of the M2 Dance Company Travel Club were very impressive indeed, as they performed ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and group jazz, complete with solos and group dances. The talent was evident for all to see as in this difficult bit of choreography. - Photo Supplied

Held July 5-11, 2014, the Move National Dance Competition in Palm Springs, Calif., featured some great Canadian talent that originates from the Kitscoty area. The M2 Dance Company Travel Club made themselves very proud of their efforts, as they took home a multitude of trophies from the competition.

Coming from small towns in the area, such as Wainwright, Czar, Hughenden and Kitscoty. The group put on great overall and individual performances. With their best efforts, they came home with seventh place in group dance. Justina Boorse won hi-gold in ballet, gold in jazz, hi-gold in lyrical and Justina and Tylyn won hi-gold in lyrical duet.

Megan Horn, Melissa Horn and Sydney Dorland won a hi-gold in their jazz trio. Gillian Ramsay won gold in a jazz solo, and gold in a tap solo. Gillian also brought home the Most Photogenic Award of the MOVE competition.

No matter how you look at it, the dance troupe did a great job of bringing home the hardware. Aged 11 to 16, Donna Ramsay agreed that this was a good competition for the girls, and added, “It was very rewarding.”

The dances performed in competition were jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet. The M2 dancers have been dancing for anywhere from three years and up. The group were in Palm Springs for a week to participate in the four day competition.

The competition was as intense as the heat, claimed Donna Ramsay, “It was 106 degrees (F) at midnight.”

“It felt pretty good being a Canadian girl down there dancing against all these U.S. girls,” said Gillian Ramsay, adding her mindset going in was, “I know I can do this, let’s see what I can do.” Happy with her results, the answer to the unspoken question is, “I would go again, in a heartbeat.”

The coaches are Megan and Melissa Horn.

The dance teachers were invited to the competition and the original expectation was just to have fun and learn, said Donna Ramsay. While Donna Ramsay believes they met their goal, Gillian was a little more enthusiastic, “Yeah, we did, big time.” She has three trophies to prove it.

After the success in Palm Springs, the group is thinking about its next move and the elder Ramsay said, “There is something in the works. There are plans for some exciting future competitions,” she said.

It takes a lot of work and funding for the dancers to get ready for competitions, but parents and the local communities provide funding through various methods. Together, they are making dreams come true.

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