The recent SHOCK Dance Challenge competition held in St. Catherine’s April 11-14, 2013 was dominated by Joy of Dance Centre in the Pre-Competitives with 6 Trophy wins including First Prize in Hip Hop Group, as well as Best Choreography of the Session, won by Joy of Dance’s own Allison Bradley.

Joy of Dance won in several categories including:

  • 8th place:  Contemporary Duet called Youth; danced and choreographed by Samantha Lew and Lee Jong
  • 6th place: Contemporary Group entitled Joga; choreographed by Allison Bradley
  • 4th place:  Lyrical Solo entitled Permanent; performed by Lee Jong and choreographed by Allison Bradley
  • 3rd place: Contemporary Trio called Home; performed by Lucy McGovern, Lucy Vannicola, and Sahara Baldwin; Choreographer, Allison Bradley
  • 2nd place: Contemporary Solo  entitled Smother; performed by Samantha Lew and choreographed Allison Bradley
  • 1st place: Hip Hop Group called The Subway; choreographed by Shameka Blake
  • Best Choreography of the Session awarded to Allison Bradley for Home

Special awards were awarded to Joy students Samantha Lew and Lee Jong in Partnering and Trust for their duet Youth.  Shameka Blake’s Hip Hop group was awarded the Swagger Award with Lee Jong receiving a special award for Commitment.

“We are so incredibly proud of Shameka, Allison and our Joy of Dance teen dancers,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of Joy of Dance.  “They are an amazing group of young artists who demonstrate their passion and commitment to Joy of Dance every day.”

This is Joy of Dance’s second competition and first time at SHOCK competition. The idea was initiated by Allison Bradley and Shameka Blake.  “It’s an opportunity to have our teens perform on stage in a way that teaches them discipline, a solid work ethic, leadership, team work and performance quality.  Dance, for many of these kids, is their life and potential career.  Competitions like SHOCK is a way of demonstrating how serious these teens view dance and how much they give to it.” says Allison Bradley.

SHOCK is an intense and electrifying dance competition, which pushes young dancers to their performance limit, and awards every single effort. Multiple studios compete to showcase their best, winning standings as well as cash awards and trophies. The Pre-Competitive awards dancers who train under 5 hours a week while Competitive awards those who have 5 plus hours of training a week.

Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to  the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom, Latin to Zumba. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available.

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For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marking at 416-406-3262 or contact us. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information.

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