Dancing with the Stars of Atlantic Dance Academy

Jamie Heap
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Students win five gold medals at regionals

AMHERST-Atlantic Dance Academy students and staff were pleasantly surprised by the results of their recent performances at regionals May 10 and 11 in Halifax.

“Students won five gold medals, three for group dances and two for solo dances,” said Atlantic Dance Academy instructor Dina Leisch (who choreographs ballet and jazz). “All eight numbers of our performance 5,6,7,8 Show Time won a medal.”

Atlantic Dance Academy students also perform classical and modern routines too.

“The students did an amazing job,” added Leisch. “We didn’t expect to win top prize due to the competition we faced. We were all very surprised and excited.”

Atlantic Dance Academy student Makenzie O’Quinn, who trained since January on his gold medal winning classical group dance (adajio) with his “amazing partners” Jillian Arseneau and Corina Stiles, echoed the sentiments of his dance instructor.

“We (O’Quinn and his partners) didn’t expect to win first place at regionals, but we did,” exclaimed O’Quinn. “It was a truly amazing experience,” he added.

As for Stiles, an 18 year-old who has travelled from Moncton to Amherst three times a week since she was 10, she won bronze for her first choreographed dance.

“I never realized the pressure that choreographers such as Dina are under until I choreographed my first dance,” said Stiles. “I was relieved when it was over.”

Atlantic Dance Academy’s youngest dancer is Sackville’s Miriam Dysart.

The students of Atlantic Dance Academy will be holding a recital on Saturday, June 15 at 2:30 pm at the Susan Taylor Theatre at Amherst Regional High School.

 

Organizations: Atlantic Dance Academy, Susan Taylor Theatre, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: AMHERST, Halifax, Moncton

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