Dancers in CR DanceXtreme’s senior tap routine ‘Americano’ got a mark of 297 out of 300 at a major competition in Las Vegas last month.

CR DanceXtreme students shine in Vegas

CR DanceXtreme’s Showteam wrapped up their 2011 competitive season with spectacular results at a major American competition last month

CR DanceXtreme’s Showteam wrapped up their 2011 competitive season with spectacular results at a major American competition last month.

A troupe of more than 100 CR DanceXtreme dancers and parents landed in Las Vegas in July ready to represent Campbell River and Canada at the West Coast Dance Explosion National Finals. There were 93 studios from five countries represented at the competition, but CR DanceXtreme’s precision, technique and showmanship stood out and they returned home with an armload of top marks.

Prior to competing at the national level, the CR DanceXtreme dancers were required to pre-qualify each of their 14 routines at a regional competition in Las Vegas. All 14 routines qualified, achieving four out of five stars, with the exception of the show-stopping senior tap routine Americano which received five out of five stars. CR DanceXtreme’s Showteam then moved on to the national competition in the ballroom at Las Vegas’s Mirage Hotel, and were ecstatic with their results: a third place finish, six second place finishes and one first place mark. Americano received a score of 297 out of a possible 300 at the national competition and CR DanceXtreme’s dancers were asked to perform it again at the West Coast Dance Explosion gala finale. Americano also received the eighth highest score in the entire competition in the senior division.

CR DanceXtreme owners and artistic directors Shawna Sloan and Buddy Mynatt were delighted with the results, which reflect months of hard work and commitment from the students.

“We couldn’t be prouder,” Sloan said. “Our students were really able to shine in Las Vegas.”

Registration for CR DanceXtreme’s 2011-2012 season takes place from Friday, Aug. 26 to Monday, Aug. 29  from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at their Beech Street studio. Sloan and Mynatt are also offering new programs, including Glee Club, Mini Musical, Radiant Child Yoga, and a Competitive Recreational program. For information call (250) 286-3376 or visit www.crdancextreme.com.