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Dancing their way to the top

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The contemporary group returned with the gold recognition from the SEMF in Steinbach, Man. (L to R) Instructor/Studio Owner - Lyndsay Selent Top Row - Emily Hurst, Janae Kruse, Joel Byers, Kara Anderson, Noah Ross Bottom Row - Alaina Perron, Emily Britton, Katrina MacAulay, Lily Collier, Jane Unruh

The contemporary group returned with the gold recognition from the SEMF in Steinbach, Man. (L to R) Instructor/Studio Owner - Lyndsay Selent Top Row - Emily Hurst, Janae Kruse, Joel Byers, Kara Anderson, Noah Ross Bottom Row - Alaina Perron, Emily Britton, Katrina MacAulay, Lily Collier, Jane Unruh

Hopefully, it’s the first of many for the dancers.

XCompany Studio dancers from Portage la Prairie came up big at the South Eastern Manitoba Festival in Steinbach, Man., over the weekend as the contemporary and jazz groups both returned with reason to celebrate after their competitions.

“We’re super happy with the results,” says Bretton Selent, XCompany owner and instructor. “They went up against six or seven other rural studios and we held our own. The groups looked great out there, a lot of hard work went into their performances. Our ballet group will be going at the same competition in later next week.”

The contemporary group managed to bring home the gold recognition thanks to the hard work of dancers Emily Hurst, Janae Kruse, Joel Byers, Kara Anderson, Noah Ross, Alaina Perron, Emily Britton, Katrina MacAulay, Lily Collier, and Jane Unruh. The Jazz group, consisting of Erin Morisseau, Robyn Dillabough, Noah Ross, Alyssa Routledge, Laryssa Lucko, Grace Adams, Janae Kruse, Joel Byers, Katrina MacAulay, and Hayley Adams, managed to bring back a high-silver. 

“Our goal with the new set up was to give the opportunity to the kids to dance at the competitive level opposed to learning a new piece and then doing a recital at the end of the year,” says Selent. “Those same groups will be competing later in May in the Manitoba dance festival which is a provincial level festival. We still offer classes for kids that don’t want to take it to the next level or as seriously, but we do have quite a few kids that were ready for that next step."

The groups started working on their moves in September and then began working on the choreography around November, all of which was taken care of by instructor/choreographer Linsday Selent. The dancers would meet throughout the winter to lock in the choreography and all the hours of dancing and repetition paid off.

Selent adds the dance company wants to provide the same opportunities given to dancers in Winnipeg and the instructors are very excited at the hard work of competitive and recreational students.


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