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CONTRIBUTION · 10th April 2011
Art in Motion
Local dance studio, Art in Motion, (AIM) has returned from a successful week of competition at the 2011 Prince George Dance Festival March 19-25.

The Prince George Dance Festival is a large dance competition with studios attending from Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace, Fort St. John, Alberta and of course Prince George.

Fifteen of AIM's Company dancers brought a variety of pieces to Prince George, including solos, duets and group dances. Artistic Director and choreographer, Leah Correia, worked hard in the months leading up to the start of competitions by preparing the dancers with intensive training and rehearsals, by providing beautiful choreography, and by encouraging excellence from the team.

All the dancers that participated had a great week with many accomplishments,hours of support and exciting times together, building on their already strong team. In particular, AIM took 4 group pieces and 2 duets, all of which placed:

Jar of Hears - 1st place†for Small Group Lyrical 14 & under

Blush - 2nd place for Small Group Classical Ballet 12 & under

A Criminal Mind - 1st place for Small Group Modern/Contemporary 12 & under

I Stand - 1st place for Small Group Lyrical 12 & under

No Heaven- duet -Emily Hart & Maisson Gill - 2nd place for Modern Duo 17&18

Blackbird- duet- Sophia Franco & Janae Christensen - 1st place for Lyrical Duo 10 & under

All of AIM's soloists did very well, with many placements including:

Emily Hart - 2nd place for Modern/Contemporary Solo 17&18

Ansone vanRensburg - 1st place for Modern Solo 12 & under

Caitlin Leblanc -†3rd place for Modern Solo 12 & under

Kennedy Gill - 2nd place for Modern Solo 12 & under and 2nd place for Lyrical Solo 12 & under

Jordan Scott - 4th place for Lyrical Solo 11 & under

Sophia Franco - 4th place for Jazz Solo 10 & under

Janae Christensen - 3rd place for Classical Ballet Solo 10 & under

The following pieces also won in overall categories with trophies:

Jar of Hearts†- PG Dance Festival Trophy for Small Lyrical Group 18 & under

I Stand - PG Dance Festival Trophy for Small Lyrical Group 12 & under

Sophia Franco & Janae Christensen -†PG Dance Festival Trophy for Lyrical Duo 10 & under

Ansone vanRensburg -†PG Dance Festival†Trophy for†Modern Solo 12 & under

This is exciting news for a local dance studio to do so well at a more intensive competition, and helped to prepare them for the 2011 Pacific Northwest Music Festival from April 4-8, 2011 in Terrace and the upcoming BC Annual Competition in Prince Rupert May 1-7, 2011. What a great start to what promises to be a successful and rewarding year.