4:30 p.m., May 14)
teen caps off magical year with Dancer of the Year title
teenager Vanessa Roby poses with the trophy she received for winning the Teen
Dancer of the Year title at the recent American Dance Awards (ADA) competition
in Ottawa. File photo
things considered, it's been a magical year for Vanessa Roby.
winning a bevy of awards as a member of Leeming Danceworks in Orléans over
the past several years, Vanessa decided to join the Greta Leeming Dance School
in Nepean last summer.
the new kid on the block, Vanessa wasn't expecting to compete as a soloist during
her first year at Greta's. When she finally did, she made the most of the opportunity,
finishing in first place in the intermediate division at the prestigious Rhythm
Dance competition in Brantford in April
weeks later at the CanDance competition in Gatineau, Vanessa was an integral part
of several group productions that received six diamond and one platinum score.
Diamond is the highest score awarded at a CanDance event, while platinum is the
the CanDance competition out of the way, Vanessa was able to turn her attention
to the American Dance Awards (ADA) regional competition in Ottawa last weekend
where she competed as a soloist in the teen division.
won the Teen Dancer of the Year title at the ADA regional event in Montreal last
year, competing in the division for the first time. In Ottawa, she had to compete
against one of the largest fields in recent memory. No fewer than 81 competitors
had registered in the teen category, forcing organizers to divide the field into
two separate divisions.
the level of competition, Vanessa still managed to come out on top, winning her
third ADA Dancer of the Year title in the past four years.
in all, it's been a tremendously successful year for Vanessa. Besides her two
solo titles at the Rhythm Dance competition in Brantford and the ADA event in
Ottawa, she finished third in the solo event at the Ottawa CanDance competition,
despite taking an uncharacteristic spill.
credits her decision to move to the Greta Leeming Studio for taking her dancing
to another level.
like to be challenged," she explains. "(Since joining Greta) I've had
to learn harder and harder steps every day. You're constantly pushing yourself."
also benefited from being able to concentrate on her solo tap routine.
made it a lot easier," says Vanessa who usually performs a tap, jazz and
ballet routine in competition.
Vanessa was accepted with open arms at Greta which is a much larger studio than
Leeming Danceworks. (Leeming Danceworks owner Sharon Leeming-Mann is actually
has been really nice," says Vanessa.
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