Dance Oasis students score big wins at recent competitions

By on May 14, 2014
The girls at Dance Oasis have been putting in winning performances at recent dance competitions in other communities. Shown in front holding trophies are Nerys Stuart and Sydney Hanson who each came first in recent solo events at Winfield. The dancers are preparing for a recital June 14 and 15 as well as a production of Alice in Wonderland on June 21. Both events take place at the Osoyoos Secondary Community Theatre. (Richard McGuire photo)

The girls at Dance Oasis have been putting in winning performances at recent dance competitions in other communities. Shown in front holding trophies are Nerys Stuart and Sydney Hanson who each came first in recent solo events at Winfield. The dancers are preparing for a recital June 14 and 15 as well as a production of Alice in Wonderland on June 21. Both events take place at the Osoyoos Secondary Community Theatre. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students at Dance Oasis in Osoyoos have been picking up medals and trophies in several recent out-of-town competitions.

After strong showings at events in Kelowna and Penticton, close to 40 students, all girls, competed in Winfield from May 1 to 4 winning top honours.

“We have three groups that we take and then we have a lot of students that do solos,” said Chrissie Serry, owner of Dance Oasis.

“They do them in all different types of dance, so we had ballet solos, modern solos, jazz solos and variety solos.”

Only about half the students at the studio compete and the other half are recreational, Serry said, but of the competitive students, all did well in Winfield.

Most of the students took platinum or gold, although some took silver, Serry said.

Sydney Hanson and Nerys Stuart both took first place as soloists, getting a platinum medal, trophy and scholarship, she said.

“We had a lot of other students placing second and third,” said Serry, noting that students faced competitors from nearly 20 other studios, some from as far as Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

The three groups were a junior competitive, senior competitive and a show group.

The junior group got gold and silver, but also got an award for outstanding choreography, she said.

The senior group took first and platinum and also won for choreography.

The show group also took first place and won for choreography.

“It was really crazy because we were up against some of the best studios in the Okanagan,” said Serry. “For us to be able to compete at that level, let alone win, I never even dreamed that would happen. It was like being in utter shock. Our parents were crying and the kids were crying. It was really great.”

The Winfield wins follow competitions at Kiwanis music festivals in Kelowna and Penticton where Dance Oasis also did well.

The groups didn’t go to Kelowna, but some solo performers did. In Penticton, two groups came first and one came third.

Dance Oasis will be performing a recital on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15 and a production of Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, June 21.

These events take place at the Osoyoos Secondary Community Theatre, popularly known as the Mini-Theatre.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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