Main photo: JJ Dance Performing Arts Studio competitive dancers (front from left) Makaela Bido, Honor Roche, Avery Adams, Aubrey Broadbent, Aria Clarke, Rosie Main, Blake Ellerson; (second row from left) Addyson Moodie, Emma Allen, Brynn Stephens, Claire Feltis, Paulina Juszczak, Ellah Grace Sepulveda, Everley Deavu, Hadley Clayton; (third row from left) Brenna Smith, Kaylen Campbell, Kira Smith, Kaidyn Smith, Emma McLellan, Lauren Lane, Darian Adams, Cecelia Broadbent; (back row from left) Hollace Marks, Samantha Chochlowsky, Claire Quinlan, Jed McLellan, Ava Williamson, Bella Main, and Kayley Wright. Missing from photo: Ty Horvath-Thompson, Sofia Asturi, and Raven Patterson. (supplied)
Despite pandemic restrictions removing their ability to compete, the competitive dancers at JJ Dance Performing Arts Studio remained positive and continued their training in preparation for the days when they could return to the stage.
Happily, that happened for the 2021-22 dance season, and their dedication to keeping up with their training has paid off.
JJ Dance instructors are incredibly proud of the dancers, says studio owner Jennifer Johns-Main.
“They have not competed since 2019 due to COVID [and]endured a lot of disappointment in those three years but never gave up,” says Johns-Main.
Dancers attended Zoom classes to keep up their training, even learning choreography for this season’s routines over Zoom.
“We finally got to compete this year and they all did amazing,” says Johns-Main.
They attended three competitons this season: the Dance Canada Competition in Blue Mountain, Xtreme Dance Champions at Deerhurst Resort, and Bedazzled Dance Competition in Richmond Hill.
Among the results were many top-three finishes for the team, as well as several special judges awards for solo, duet, and group performances. (See the full list of JJ Dance awards from this season here.)
They also performed a Competitive Showcase at the Algonquin Theatre.
Next up for JJ Dance Performing Arts Studio is their year-end recital Stage, Lights, Action!, May 28 and 29 at the Algonquin Theatre.
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