A selection of trophies won by CR DanceXtreme at the Tremaine Dance Competition in Vancouver

Campbell River DanceXtreme dancers excel in Vancouver, Washington

Ailsa Sirois won the EDGE Performing Arts Center Scholarship to study dance in Hollywood this summer

Thirty-seven CR DanceXtreme dancers competed against hundreds of other dancers at the Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition in Vancouver, Washington on the weekend, bringing home eight trophies as well as scholarships for four young dancers.

CR DanceXtreme owners and artistic directors Shawna Sloan and Buddy Mynatt  started their dance careers in 1996 when they trained under internationally renowned Hollywood choreographer and teacher Joe Tremaine at his dance facility in Hollywood, California, so they were excited to bring their Showteam students to Tremaine’s Vancouver, Washington competition.

The weekend was a huge success. Dancer Ailsa Sirois won the EDGE Performing Arts Center Scholarship, to study dance in Hollywood this summer. Dancers Jesse Devlin, Claire Peachey and Taylor Ring won scholarships to attend another Tremaine Dance Convention for free. CR DanceXtreme competed in six numbers at the Vancouver, Washington event, winning first or second for each entry. They won the Top Overall Showmanship Award and first place for the junior division hip hop for Make Some Noise; first place in the senior jazz division for Bougie; first place in the senior division for open production, and Overall High Score for the entire competition for Spirit of the Torch (out of more than 100 entries); second place in the senior division open production for Crazy in Love; second place for senior lyrical group for Youthe; and first place for senior tap line for Can’t Hold Us.

Mynatt and Sloan were delighted to see the dancers’ hard work pay off and are thrilled that the dancers will get a chance to perform at the ‘Sneak Peek Into Precision’ at the Tidemark Theatre tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to show the community this year’s competition numbers. Featured dancers at the ‘Sneak Peek’ include the Showteam, as well as the Prep Team and the studio’s Fresh Groove Hip Hop Team. The dancers are gearing up for more competitions in the near future, including the North Island Festival of the Arts, the Upper Island Festival and three competitions in the Lower Mainland.

All tickets for Sneak Peek Into Precision tickets are $15 and are available at the Tidemark Ticket Centre. For ticket info call 250-287-7465 or check out www.tidemarktheatre.com.

  • In other CR DanceXtreme news, two recent studio graduates have launched careers as professional dancers. Krystel Cisnero is touring the Caribbean Islands as a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines and Carley Cofield has been performing in various venues and in music videos in Toronto with everyone from Sean Desman to Samantha Savoia. Her most recent accomplishment was performing with pop icon Madonna when the superstar visited Toronto this week to open her new gym.