EDHS dance team ‘bedazzles’ at competition

ERIN – The dance team from Erin District High School completed its first season with several first place awards.

It went up again teams from across Ontario in the Bedazzled Dance Champions competition on May 16 at the River Run Centre in Guelph.

“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication the dancers have shown this year,” said teacher Ashley McCauley.

“We have had practice a minimum of twice a week at 7am since September and we were the longest running team at the school this year.”

While some of the dancers had experience in studios outside the school, many did not, and they developed dance skills in a very short time period, said McCauley.

“The team is fortunate to have Caitlin Ennis, a Grade 12 student, as their choreographer. She has volunteered countless hours to perfecting routines, selecting music, and conditioning the dancers,” said McCauley.

The team’s competition results include:

– 1st Place in Lyrical Group (15) Category, Team;

– 3rd in Overall Intermediate Large Group, Listen;

– 1st Place in Open Group (15) Category, Team;

– 1st Place in Open Duo (14) Category, Brina Mahoney and Kyleigh Quinn;

– Special Award, “Flawless performance”, Brina Mahoney and Kyleigh Quinn;

– 2nd Overall Intermediate Duet/Trio, Brina Mahoney and Kyleigh Quinn;

– 1st Place in Acro Solo Category (14), Kyleigh Quinn;

– 1st Place in Open Solo Category (14), Brina Mahoney;

– 3rd Place in Lyrical Solo Category (17), Paige Hull;

– 1st Place in Lyrical Solo Category (17), Caitlin Ennis;

– Special Award, “Heart & Soul”, Caitlin Ennis.

The team includes Oliver Beckingham, Jaycee Burrows, Caitlin Ennis (Choreographer and Solo Dancer), Brooke Harrietha, Paige Hull, Kyleigh Quinn, Brina Mahoney, Emily McLaughlin, Kendra McMillan, Dilena Nadan, Chiara Peluso, Makena Reay, Meg Turai and Rhys Turai.