Four of Penticton’s Okanagan Dance Studio dancers were selected to represent Canada on the ShowDance West dance team in the upcoming World Championships in Germany. Back, Brianna Godsoe, left, Arianna Lasinski, centre, Emma Breier Dyck and Hana MacDonald. Submitted photo

Penticton dancers headed to Germany for world championship

Penticton dancers representing Canada at World Dance Championships

Four young dancers will represent Penticton and Canada at the World Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany this November.

Emma Breier Dyck, Arianna Lasinksi, Hana MacDonald and Brianna Godsoe all from Okanagan Dance Studio earned a spot with Team Canada ShowDance West earlier this summer.

The girls will perform in the international competition that attracts dance teams from six different continents from Nov. 20 to 25 in Germany.

Leading ShowDance West is head choreographer Danielle Gardner, a finalist on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance Canada and world champion dancer.

The team is made up of dancers from across B.C. and even Alberta with at least one dancer flying in for practices.

Since the girls were chosen for the team they have practiced their routines and dance elements daily by themselves and drive to Langley weekly for team rehearsals.

“There was three people who auditioned in my group. It was really hard. I was really nervous,” 11-year-old Breier Dyck said of the audition experience. “I wanted and wanted it and thought about how much I wanted it. And then finally they called and told me I was chosen. It was really exciting.”

The hopeful future en-pointe ballet dancer has danced at the Okanagan Studio in Penticton since she was two years old.

“I love dancing. I love how you can express yourself through movement,” she said.

Breier Dyck is part of the 11-member children’s team. They will perform two jazz show dance numbers during the competition.

The other Okanagan Dance Studio dancers are part of the Junior Team performing one dance in competition. There are 22 dancers on the Junior Team. Team Canada ShowDance West is also sending an adult team to compete.

“You don’t know how long you will compete for,” Godsoe explained.

“You know you will dance at least twice, but it depends how you do. You’re judged each time and have to make it through each round.”

Godsoe, 14, is relatively new to Penticton and the dance studio moving to the area about two years ago.

She started dancing at the age of 10. No stranger to auditions, she said she wasn’t nervous at all auditioning for Team Canada. She performed in the past at the opening ceremonies of the B.C. Winter Games in Prince George.

“I actually moved here to dance at this studio. I wanted to learn from the teachers here and really focus on my dance,” she said.

The dedicated dancer said she practices at least three hours a day and has aspirations to become a professional dancer and choreographer.

Both girls said they’re a little nervous about the upcoming competition but are excited for the opportunity.

“There are cameras above us and they broadcast on a screen so the judges can check our lines. If anyone is out everyone will see,” Breier Dyck said.

“Usually the judges would be flat to us and not be able to see above us so it is going to be very different. They’ll be able to tell if we’re out at all.”

No matter how they rank following the competition, Breier Dyck and Godsoe said they are grateful for the opportunity and all the support they’ve received from friends, family and their dance family at Okanagan Dance Studio.

“All of our teachers are great and our dance teacher Danielle has been great to work with and learn from,” Breier Dyck said.

Just Posted

Two people arrested in connection with separate robberies

RCMP announced they have arrested two suspects in connection with separate robberies

Fashionable Fashion Show a 10

A total of 34 models took part in the annual DragonFly Pond fashion show

Lakers powerhouses in the pool at provincials

Penticton high school comes home with a number of medals and a provincial championship

Fill a Stocking campaign underway for Toys for Tots to Teens

Stockings are being distrubuted to Penticton businesses

Rockslide damages vehicles on Highway 3 west of Hedley

A significant rockslide has occurred just west of Hedley on Highway 3.

One person sent to hospital after fire near Keremeos

Fire ripped through a shed and Winnebego at Sunkatchers RV Park Co-operative

Panda picks Argonauts for the win

Giant panda at the Toronto Zoo picks Argos to win Grey Cup on Sunday

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

Canada Post employee stops scam

A resident was saved by a sharp Canada Post employee in the Lower Similkameen.

Traci Genereaux: Gone, but not forgotten

COLUMN: Family, friends want justice for Vernon teen

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Most Read