Dancers from CR DanceXtreme were in Las Vegas for the West Coast National Dance Competition.

CR DanceXtreme takes on the best

Showteam danced their way to several specialty awards in the pre-qualifying round at the event

CR DanceXtreme’s competitive dance team, known as Showteam, recently showcased all of their 2013 group routines in Las Vegas against 68 dance studios from around the world at the West Coast National Dance Competition.

Showteam danced their way to several specialty awards in the pre-qualifying round at the event. The youngest group (ages 8-12), competed in the Mini category and were awarded with the Most Unique Award for their hip hop routine, “Swagger Jagger” and the Best Artistry Award for their lyrical routine, “True Colours”. In the Junior category, CR DanceXtreme dancers received the Most Unique Awar” for their modern stage routine, “Fat & Greasy,” and in the Teen Category, the Showteam jazz routine known as “Light ‘Em Up” was given the Full Out Award.

After the pre-qualifying round, CR DanceXtreme’s Showteam headed to the National Dance Competition, competing against truly exceptional studios from across the U.S. and abroad. Some of the dancers in the competition have appeared on nationally televised dance competitions at the highest levels. Despite the stiff competition, CR DanceXtreme’s Showteam members walked away with their heads held high. They were awarded with one third place finish in Teen Tap for their number called “Ritzy”, three second place finishes – for Teen Hip Hop (“C’Mon”), Teen Ballet (“The Real Life”) and Mini Hip Hop (“Swagger Jagger”) – and two first place finishes – one in Teen Hip Hop for a number called “Get It” and one for Senior Hip Hop, for a number called “Whatcha Say.” The “Swagger Jagger” score placed the group in the top nine high scoring studios for the Mini Division.

“Ritzy’s” score placed in the top 15 high scoring studios for the Teen Division, and “Whatcha Say’s” score placed in the top 11 high scoring studios for the Senior Division – and qualified for the competition’s Final Showdown, where it finished in seventh place.

“Having our kids from Campbell River compete and dance against talented competition is what motivates, inspires, and challenges them to get better,” said CR DanceXtreme artistic directors and co-owners Shawna Sloan and Buddy Mynatt, “Allowing them the opportunity to travel and perform at what they love to do gives them the confidence, pride, and knowledge that all their hard work and commitment was worth it.”

CR DanceXtreme graduates Krystel Cisnero, Sarah Davidson and Christine Do are now pursuing their goals of being professional dancers. Before leaving Las Vegas, Cisnero was chosen by the West Coast Dance faculty to receive a tuition scholarship to take five dance classes in New York. She has since trained in Los Angeles for the summer and will continue her training in Campbell River and Vancouver while auditioning for professional shows on cruise ships.

Davidson also trained alongside Cisnero in Los Angeles this summer and will take her talents to New York City, where she has been accepted into Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program. Once there, she will work and train with the industry’s finest dance educators in all styles of dance.

Do trained at a summer dance intensive in Toronto at O.I.P. Dance Centre, where she was recognized for her talent and received an award. While at the summer dance intensive, she was noticed by one of the teachers who serves as the Artistic Director of “Boss”, an award-winning all-girls hip hop group, and was asked to be part of their company. Since then, she auditioned and has been accepted into the O.I.P. Dance Company, where she will be training to be a professional dancer.

CR DanceXtreme will be open for fall registration on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 110 Beech Street. For more information, visit www.crdancextreme.com, call 250-286-3376, or email crdancextreme@yahoo.ca