SB Dance Academy dancers win top awards

by Lindsay Ross

What a season for The SB (Sandra Belanger) Dance Academy from Port Elgin!

They completed their competition season this past weekend, taking home the “Top Studio” award at a competition held at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville.

Top Studio trophy team (L-R) top row – Jack Cameron, Addison Kaake, Aarelyn Wade, Poppy Munro, Addison Hoffman, Ava Cameron, Summer Reilley, Gabby Vance, Olivia Austin, Kaelynn O’Brien, Madison Playter, bottom/middle row – Alivea Vance, Lyndsey VanSickle, Paige Wade, Sandra Belanger, Lindsay Ross

The overall award was the result of the studio achieving numerous top five results in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories in multiple dance styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acro and hip hop.

Some of the highlights from the competition include:

Highest Score of the Day – Senior Jazz Group – “Vogue” (Addison Kaake, Addison Hoffman, Alivea Vance, Aarelyn Wade, Amellea Deschambeault-Havaris, Gabby Vance, Olivia Austin, Lyndsey VanSickle, Madison Playter, Poppy Munro)

Senior Dance Canada Cup at Dance Canada in Collingwood. (L-R) Gabby Vance, Ava Cameron, Olivia Austin, Kaelynn O’Brien, Aarelyn Wade, Lindsay Ross, Amellea Deschambeault-Havaris, Poppy Munro, Lyndsey Vansickle, Alivea Vance
Jazz Group “Dive in the Pool” received 1st Overall Mini Group at
Bedazzled in Collingwood (L-R) Gracie Longmire, Violet Wolfkamp,
Brielle Hagen, Brianna Regier, Ripley Leung, Lyla Roote, Hayley Stefanich, Camilla Cameron
Jazz Group “Barbie Girl” received a Special Award at every Competition. (L-R) top row – Reese Alstein, Peyton Turner, Anastasia Akiwentzie, bottom row – Penelope Cumming, Stella Wolfkamp, Tessa O’Malley
  • Highest Score of the Session – Junior Open Group – “Until” (Brooklyn Lammie, Summer Reilley, Sophia Tsatsos, Kaelynn O’Brien, Addison Kaake)
  • Highest Solo Score of the Session – “Happiest Year” (Olivia Austin)
  • Junior Solos – 2nd, 4th & 5th Overall (Lyla Roote – Acro, Addison Kaake – Lyrical, Summer Reilley – Open)
  • Intermediate Solos – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Overall (Olivia Austin – Open, Gabby Vance – Acro, Kaelynn O’Brien – Acro, Sophia Tsatsos – Open)
  • Intermediate Duets/Trios – 1st Overall (Olivia Austin, Gabby Vance – Acro)
    Senior Solos – 2nd & 4th Overall (Poppy Munro – Contemporary, Lyndsey VanSickle – Acro)
  • Choreography of the Session Award – “Let It All Go” (Lindsay Ross)

This competition was the final of a season that saw the team compete and win numerous awards at competitions in Mississauga (Kick It Up), Collingwood (Dance Canada), Collingwood (Bedazzled), and Huntsville (Xtreme Dance Champions).

The season will wrap up with a fun night of dance at the annual recital at 6:30 pm on May 6th at Saugeen District Secondary School. Members of the public are welcome!