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Competitive dance teams being formed

Posted on September 8, 2017


Maureen Fraser School of Dance senior dancers Dana Stoffer, Amaya Benoit and Audrey Cochrane competing at the Limelight competition in Halifax in the spring of 2017. Submitted

Maureen Fraser School of Dance (MFSD) is offering an exciting opportunity for dancers in Antigonish and surrounding counties.
Beginning in September, the school will be forming competitive dance teams. The teams will be competing in dance styles; jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and modern.
Dancers do not need to be at an advanced level but they will need some knowledge of dance.
Dancers, aged seven to18 years, are welcome to audition. Highland dancers are also welcome even if they haven’t taken other forms of dance.
Once the teams are formed, they will have a core three-hour practice, once per week. They will compete in three competitions in the spring of 2018.
The teams will be a part of the newly formed Maureen Fraser Dance Society. As a non-profit, registered society, team members will have the option to fundraise to help cover team related costs.
There will be an audition prep boot camp Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages seven to 18, at a cost of $50.
At the boot camp, students will learn what will be expected of them at the audition. They will also work on dance fundamentals and be given individual feedback by the team coaches.
It is strongly recommended that dancers, who are interested in joining a team, attend the boot camp.
The camp is also open to dancers who are interested in working on improving their skill level and taking non-competitive classes only.
Team coaches; Jeannine Philpott and Kylie MacNeil (captain and co-captain of the St. F.X. dance team), Sam Cochrane (member of St. F.X. dance team) and Audrey Cochrane (teacher at MFSD) look forward to working with and preparing dancers for competition.
In the 2016-17 season at MFSD, a team of three senior dancers was formed and coached by Jeannine Philpott. They competed at the Limelight competition in Halifax in the spring of 2017. They won several top awards, including high gold, gold and silver placings, in the top category (open).
The MFSD began 27 years ago, when Fraser began teaching step dancing. Over the years, more dance styles were added to the classes being offered, such as tap, jazz, ballet, acro and others.
Fraser taught dance at many locations in Antigonish town and county and in her home. Eventually, she put up a spacious dance studio, with 10 foot ceilings, to, mainly, allow acro students to execute their stunts.
Fundamental to having a strong, dynamic program is having teachers who are competent and in touch with the current trends in dance. Ballet is the core of most styles of dance and Fraser has made it her mission to have strong ballet teachers at her studio.
One of which is Australian dancer, Christine Inglis. Inglis took dance classes at Kay Flynn Dancing Academy (KFDA) on the Gold Coast, Australia.
While at KFDA, she studied the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus, the ADA jazz and tap syllabus, street jazz and tap, contemporary, demi character and pointe.
She has successfully completed all of the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet exams. Inglis successfully auditioned for the Queensland National Ballet (QNB).
While there, she was trained in the Russian Voganova method. In December of 2014, she received her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (ballet and modern dance) from QNB.
Over the years, Inglis has also competed in numerous solo and group competitions throughout South East Queensland and at the Sydney Opera House.
The MFSD also has a strong non-competitive program as well. Dancers can opt to take non-competitive classes such as traditional Cape Breton step dance, tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop and acro.
The school is offering some new and exciting non–competitive classes such as boy’s hip hop (age seven to10), beginner ballroom (age six plus), twinkle toes (parent and tot, age two,three) as well as adult classes, beginner ballet, beginner hip hop and ballroom/swing.
Students aged three to adult, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.
The MFSD mission statement is to help students realize their potential, reach for the stars, through hard work and dedication; while making long lasting friendships in a mutually respectful environment.
All classes will be held at the MFSD at 4533 Lochaber Road; 3.5 miles from town.
For up to date notices, check out their Facebook page or visit www.maureenfraserschoolofdance.com.
To register for the audition prep boot camp and regular classes, contact [email protected]

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