Love to Dance Academy

Merritt BC

Dance Instruction by Lizette Nel and Vanessa van Rensburg
RAD and A.D.C Dance Company Registered Studio
- A Project of the Merritt Dance Society -

Kamloops Festival

Students from the Love To Dance Academy will be competing at the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts on March 10 - 11, 2019 at the Rex Hall, Kamloops, BC.

Jesters (Demi-Character Ballet Group): Costume Fitting & Rehearsal.  Back: Mikayla, Dani, Abigail, Felize, Miranda. Front: Kate, Megan, Avery.

Jesters (Demi-Character Ballet Group): Costume Fitting & Rehearsal.

Back: Mikayla, Dani, Abigail, Felize, Miranda. Front: Kate, Megan, Avery.

From everyone at the Love To Dance Academy…

WE WISH YOU THE BEST!!

After Megan’s performance for the Ballerinis & Dance Movement Class. (Classical Ballet Solo)

After Megan’s performance for the Ballerinis & Dance Movement Class. (Classical Ballet Solo)

ENTRIES:

  • Classical Ballet Solo - Megan Voigt

  • Demi-Character Ballet Group - Felize Omori, Avery Warren, Abigail Bateson, Miranda Cavaliere, Megan Voigt, Dani Kuzio, Mikayla Manke, Kate van Rensburg

  • Spanish Quartet - Felize Omori, Alexia Clarke, Nia Kuzio, Miranda Cavaliere

  • Spanish Trio - Felize Omori, Nia Kuzio, Megan Voigt

  • Spanish Duet - Megan Voigt, Dani Kuzio

  • Spanish Solo - Danica Guichon

Jesters (Demi-Character Ballet Group): Kate & Avery during rehearsals.

Jesters (Demi-Character Ballet Group): Kate & Avery during rehearsals.

Spanish Dance Exams

March 4, 2019

Twenty-seven students from the Love To Dance Academy in Merritt, successfully completed and passed their annual Spanish Exams.

Five adjudicators judged the dancers aged 4 - 16, awarding marks for technical ability, musicality and performance value.

The following students were awarded the highest scores in their respective levels:

  • Level 4: Nia Kuzio - 91%

  • Level 2: Dani Kuzio - 83%

  • Level 1: Kinley Stewart - 84%

  • Beginner Level: Danika Fader - 89%

  • Sparkles Level 2: Kate van Rensburg - 91%

Back Row: Dani Kuzio (11), Nia Kuzio (14), Kinley Stewart (9)  Front Row: Danika Fader (7), Kate van Rensburg (5)

Back Row: Dani Kuzio (11), Nia Kuzio (14), Kinley Stewart (9)

Front Row: Danika Fader (7), Kate van Rensburg (5)

"Abby and Megan's New York Ballet Adventure"

"In the summer of 2018, Abby and Megan had the opportunity to compete in the American Academy Ballet Performance Awards hosted by the Love To Dance Academy. Both dancers finished with high marks. They each earned gold medals with distinction in their levels as well as partial scholarships to the AAB Summer School of Excellence 2019. This will be a trip of a lifetime and we just cannot let this opportunity pass by. Abby and Megan will spend one week in July at the Summer School of Excellence in New York. We hope this experience will encourage our girls to keep dancing and show them some of the wonderful things that dance can bring to their lives." - Candice & Selena.

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2018 Summer Dance Camps

Dancing with a Difference

Participants in the 2018 Senior Dancers, Love To Dance Summer Camps had the chance to try their hand at choreography, set design, costume design and more. Five wonderful days filled with creativity.

This year, students had a taste of the other aspects of the dance world, including designing costumes and painting stage décor and props that will be used in the upcoming winter concert titled "Museum of Art." Students also had the chance to learn about choreography while teaching their own work to other students.

The camp was a collaborative effort between the Love To Dance Academy and the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council.

The Little Movers Summer Dance Camp for young movers aged 3 - 6 was enjoyed by all who attended. Twenty-two little dancer left the camp with a bag full of crafts and a tutu (girls) or dance outfit (boys). It doesn't get much better than that!

Ladies Tea

Dressed to Impress…

Ladies from all walks of life came together to create stylish memories.

Laughter filled the room as interesting conversations could be heard, the setting complimented by colour, beautiful china and wild flowers. 

The ladies were met by the aroma of what was to come, a delightful finger buffet created especially by Chef Ryan at the Merritt Golf & Country Club.

Flowers in Bloom

"The purity present in the innocent touch of a child, is magical." ~ VVR

By the bright colours currently on display, it is visible that the flowers planted by the dance students in the Love To Dance gardens (Olde Courthouse, Merritt) were planted with love. 

During the month of June, 2017, dancers took a break from their dance classes for a day.  Their mission was to create a brilliant display for everyone in Merritt to enjoy, by planting hundreds of colourful flowers, bringing to life a beautiful mixture of vibrant colours.

"The joy of planting and the love and care with which the planting was done, was obvious.  Plants are growing at such a speed and are flowering beautifully." ~ Lizette Nel

2017 Spanish-Flamenco Awards

The Love To Dance Academy would like to Congratulate our Spanish-Flamenco dancers on their exam results. 

Twenty-seven, students participated in the annual Spanish-Flamenco exams on February 25, 2017, under direction of dance instructor, Vanessa van Rensburg.

Back:  Michelle Etchart, Alexia Clarke, Amy Manuel, Miranda Cavaliere, Triana Clarke, Chantalle Anderson, Barb Scapinello, Julia Dobson-Gill, Felize Omori.  Middle:  Nia Kuzio, Hannah Manuel, Peyton Rotvold, Megan Voigt, Reese Horsman.  Front:  Sadie Stewart, Elaina Pickering, Mikayla Manke, Sedona MacDonald, Danika Fader, Emmry Horsman, Kate van Rensburg.  Absent:  Danica Guichon, Ronnie Guichon, Alicia Rizzardo, Dani Kuzio, Alejandra Diez, Ayla Wall.

Back:  Michelle Etchart, Alexia Clarke, Amy Manuel, Miranda Cavaliere, Triana Clarke, Chantalle Anderson, Barb Scapinello, Julia Dobson-Gill, Felize Omori.  Middle:  Nia Kuzio, Hannah Manuel, Peyton Rotvold, Megan Voigt, Reese Horsman.  Front:  Sadie Stewart, Elaina Pickering, Mikayla Manke, Sedona MacDonald, Danika Fader, Emmry Horsman, Kate van Rensburg.  Absent:  Danica Guichon, Ronnie Guichon, Alicia Rizzardo, Dani Kuzio, Alejandra Diez, Ayla Wall.

Entries included:

Six "Spanish Stars" (ages 3 - 6):
Alejandra Diez, Sadie Stewart, Danika Fader, Kate van Rensburg, Emmry Horsman and Sedona MacDonald.

Five "Spanish Sparkles" (ages 6 - 9):
Ayla Wall, Alicia Rizzardo, Reese Horsman, Elaina Pickering and Mikayla Manke.

Four "Senior Beginner Level" (ages 9 - 12):
Hannah Manuel, Dani Kuzio, Ronnie Guichon and Triana Clarke.

Twelve "Level Two" (ages 9+):
Megan Voigt, Peyton Rotvold, Michelle Etchart, Barb Scapinello, Danica Guichon, Julia Dobson-Gill, Chantalle Anderson, Miranda Cavaliere, Alexia Clarke, Amy Manuel, Felize Omori and Nia Kuzio.

Our Awards Night, March 10, 2017, welcomed parents and dancers alike.  Performances by our Level 2 students were enjoyed by all.

Special Mentions at the Awards event included:
Judges choice:  Spanish Star - Danika Fader.
Judges choice:  Spanish Sparkles - Reese Horsman and Elaina Pickering.
Highest Score:  Senior Beginner Level - Triana Clarke
Highest Score:  Level 2 - Felize Omori

Youngest Student:  Kate van Rensburg
Bravest Student:  Barb Scapinello

Vanessa van Rensburg with "youngest" student:  Kate van Rensburg and "bravest" student:  Barb Scapinello.

Vanessa van Rensburg with "youngest" student:  Kate van Rensburg and "bravest" student:  Barb Scapinello.

2017 LTD Scholarship Winners

A few words captured about our contestants:  

Avery:  Classical creativity, facing the challenge with poise.
Chantalle:  Talented performer.
Danica:  Creative mind that kept our attention.
Felize:  Humble and committed in the purest way.
Julia:  Genuine determination visible through an honest expression.
Megan:  Determined and creative, a beautiful bright display.
Peyton - Young but confident, eager to please.
Tirza - Beautifully creative and naturally graceful.

"We as teachers are extremely proud of all the contestants.  Their conduct throughout the audition was worthy of praise.  Their determination was visible even though slightly shadowed by serious expressions of tension.  One cannot blame them, the stakes were high.  Their ambitious attempts to do what was expected of them, regardless of skill level, was noted and praised during judges discussions."

Our judges awarded the following LTD scholarships:  
-  Voigt, Megan:  Jazz
-  Rotvold, Peyton:  Spanish 

Based on the judges' scores, the Ballet Scholarship amount will be shared by:
-  Omori, Felize
-  Anderson, Chantalle

All applicants had to choreograph and perform a dance, to their music of choice.  Our judges were especially pleased with one student in particular, offering the Love To Dance Academy a $100, on the spot prize towards tuition for:  Tirza Lara.

Special mention:  Danica Guichon
Danica's Spanish Choreography was not only bold but also beautiful, filled with moments of light and shade to compliment her choice of music.  Parts of Danica's choreography, under the direction of Vanessa van Rensburg will become the 2nd choice medal test dance for the June Medal Test session where current Lvl 2 Spanish students will have the opportunity to enter the 1st choice dance, and in addition, the 2nd choice dance.

 

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