One-of-a-Kind Ottawa Dance School Take National Competition by Storm

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KaliAndrews Dance Company — undoubtedly the most unique dance school in Ottawa — brings home a mountain of trophies including the 1st Place Ultimate Shine Award!

Keira Sweeny accepts the title of Miss Shine Dance 2011

Keira Sweeny accepts the title of Miss Shine Dance 2011

“Our success as a team has brought endless tears of happiness to our faces and goose bumps to our arms as we have watched our dancers accept their well-earned awards!” — Kali Wegg, Creative Director

KaliAndrews Dance Company, undoubtedly the most unique dance school in the Ottawa region, has swept away the competition at Shine Dance 2011 Nationals in Deerhurst, Ontario, bringing home the top scores in nearly every dance category along with countless awards, trophies and honorable mentions!

KaliAndrews Dance Company — the only dance school in Ottawa that specializes in advanced acrobatics — is the proud winner of 29 Diamond Awards, 17 Platinum Awards, 9 High Gold Awards and 39 Overall High Score Awards, including the number one scores in Lyrical, Contemporary, Open, and Hip Hop dance categories! The competitive dance team also achieved the 1st Place Ultimate Shine Award in the 13-and-Over category as well as the 2nd Place Ultimate Shine Award in the 12-and-Under category.

Yet another stunning accomplishment comes from Keira Sweeney, aged 16, who took home first place in the Senior Title Competition for her lyrical solo, earning her the title of Miss Shine Dance 2011!

For an in-depth look at what these incredible dancers can do, take a look at the team’s YouTube Channel. Dances such as Polymorphia and Welcome to the Doll House will blow you away.

“Our success as a team has brought endless tears of happiness to our faces and goose bumps to our arms as we have watched our dancers accept their well-earned awards!” says Kali Wegg, Creative Director and principle choreographer of KaliAndrews Dance Company. “How did we come this far in such a short amount of time? How did we obtain this wonderful team of young dancers?”

Lyndon Andrews, Executive Director, added, “I am astonished and thrilled with the results from not only our last competition of the season, but from our first National Competition ever! I can only imagine how our competitive team must feel right now and I hope that the memories of this season will stay with our dancers forever.”

About KaliAndrews Dance Company

Only two short years ago, a young husband and wife team put their dreams into action and worked tirelessly to bring the KaliAndrews Dance Company to life. Their doors opened to the Ottawa public for the first time in September of 2009, introducing a unique twist from the usual styles of dance in the form of Acrobatics and Circus Arts. Acrobatics — better known as Acro — is the latest trend in dance, incorporating classical dance techniques with high precision acrobatic maneuvers.

Although the term may sound new, the dance is not. The most visible display of Acro can currently be seen in the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Acro is an intensely challenging dance technique that requires grace, precision, and flexibility. It is a physically demanding discipline requiring the highest level of fitness. KaliAndrews Dance Company is the first in Ottawa to specialize in this mind-blowing circus-style dance.

Certified professional dance training programs in Advanced Acrobatics, Limbering, Stunting, Tumbling, Contortion and Aerials are open to all — from the beginner to the most serious dancer — who want to learn this challenging dance technique.

KaliAndrews Dance Company also offers dance classes in Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical for ages six to adult. Children aged five and under can be introduced to dance through the Little Steps program. The school is now accepting registrations.

For more information, contact Kali Wegg, Artistic Director or Lyndon Andrews, Executive Director at 613-601-5254.

KaliAndrews Dance Company is located at 2664 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 4W8.

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