Small dance studio sees Bold success

Jodi Schellenberg
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It may be a new dance studio, but those at Bold Dance Studio don’t let that hold them back.

At the Lloyminster Dance Festival, a group of eight dancers from Bold Dance Studio won the highest overall group mark. Back row from left, Nicole Kriel, Rachel Bremner, Kim Schick, Olivia Boden and Rilynn Epp. Front row from left, Marcie Beaulac, Mikaela Gyoerick and Hannah Russell.

The Prince Albert dance studio won more than $5,000 through three competitions held throughout April -- the Saskatoon Dance Festival, Prince Albert Dance Festival and Lloydminster Dance Festival.

“Lloydminster was this last one but all three of them we were very successful,” co-owner Brooke Wozniak said. “Lloydminster was the one we got highest overall group mark at the festival.”

Both Wozniak and fellow owner Kim Schick said the highest overall group mark was a huge accomplishment for the dancers and the studio.

“That doesn’t happen every day,” smiled Wozniak. “At Lloydminster there were nine different dance schools from Alberta and Saskatchewan and these girls got the highest out of every one.”

“I just couldn’t have been prouder,” Schick said. “Not only was it an accomplishment for them but for us too as instructors and the entire studio.”

The two said the girls “worked very hard” and “deserved it.”

Two of the dancers, Hannah Russell and Olivia Boden, joined their instructors to talk about the accomplishment.

“It was just something I have never really heard of anyone doing it in the city,” Boden said. “Even before when dancing, we never got that high of a mark in general.”

She said she was proud to know their “choreography was so good that it was able to do that.”

Russell was also proud of their accomplishment and said it was great to be part of a strong group and studio.

“Personally, I feel like this has been my most successful year of dance ever,” Russell said.

The group dance was a lyrical piece called “Be As One” performed by eight dancers.

“It was a strong message about uniting the world,” Wozniak said, adding the song they danced to was Avril Lavigne’s cover of John Lennon’s Imagine.

The dancers all came out at the end of the piece with a word written on their shirts.

“It is really interesting that that’s the one that got the highest overall mark because we each got to pick our word and that was a really personal dance for everyone,” Russell said.

Although the biggest success they saw was at the Lloydminster festival, the Saskatoon and Prince Albert festivals were also a great experience.

“The Saskatoon one was nice -- it was a fundraiser for cancer,” Wozniak said. “The entry fees and anything they sold merchandise-wise all went to Choclacure.

“It was a very feel good festival but everybody still got marks and still got awards,” she added. “The girls got a lot of personal awards and group awards there too.”

They all agreed that the Prince Albert festival was a lot of fun.

“It is nice to do a festival in your hometown,” Schick said.

“That one was really exciting because it was our first opportunity to show people,” Wozniak added, “What we are all about,” Schick finished.

It was great because it was the first opportunity to show the city what Bold is about, since the studio just opened in August last year.

Both Wozniak and Schick have been teaching for a number of years, but decided to venture out on their own last year.

“This is our first year as studio owners and we have been very successful and happy with how everything has gone this year,” Schick said.

“It has just been an awesome year,” Wozniak added.

The students have also been excited to be at a new studio with different opportunities.

“Bold, just for me personally, gave me more opportunities and a better chance to succeed in dancing,” Russell said. “There are lots of opportunities here”

“I think I just clicked with Brooke and Kim way more than I have with anybody else and it just felt like the right decision from the start,” Boden added.

Both girls said they could feel the passion.

Although they don’t have more upcoming festivals, the studio will be hosting a recital on May 11-12 at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. Although the junior show, Glitz, is sold out, tickets are still available for the senior show, Glam. Tickets are $16.50 plus tax and can be bought at the Rawlinson box office.

Organizations: Prince Albert, E.A. Rawlinson Centre

Geographic location: Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Alberta Saskatchewan

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