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10-year-old dancers to represent our country overseas Severn residents Ella Ferry and Kaitlyn Burden are very excited. They have been dancing since they were 3 and 4 years old, respectively. Both girls are now in Grade 5 and still dancing. Remarkably, they have both been accepted to be a part of the largest and most prestigious dance team in all of Canada. This coming November 26, they will get on a plane and head to Riesa, Germany to compete in the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Tap Championships in Riesa Germany. This event is huge and prestigious. The IDO has over 250,000 member dancers from 6 continents. The competition is considered the “Olympics of Dance”, with only one gold, silver, and bronze medal awarded for each division. The top three medalists will stand proudly on the podium as flags representing their country are raised and the winning National Anthem is played, an emotional finale to reward their hard work. Just earning a spot in the IDO competition means that Kaitlyn and Ella have not only worked hard for more than half of their

young lives, they must be very talented. But neither is onedimensional. Both have many other interests and natural gifts. Ella spends time tumbling, is an avid boater, tuber, swimmer and tumbler, and she likes to read. Kaitlyn is a figure skater, a baseball player, a golfer and she also enjoys reading. In their ‘spare time’, both say they are very happy when spending time with their friends. The National Director of Team Canada Dance, Bonnie Dyer, comments, “Canada has been quite successful in all dance disciplines at the World Championships and this is mainly due to the high standards of training that our local studios offer”. We are fortunate in this area to have high-quality dance studios nearby. Ella dances at the Mariposa Dance Company under the tutelage of Corinna Ouelette and Sara Balkwill. Kaitlyn dances at Tapps Performing Arts. Her teachers are Madi Bruner and Victoria Wilson. Bonnie continues, “It is also great to see the ‘best of the best’ in Canada, dancers from various

Severn Township residents, Kaitlyn Burden (left) and Ella Ferry, both 10-years old, have been chosen to represent Canada in a most prestigious dance competition to be held in Germany in the fall. studios, towns and provinces coming together onto one team with one goal – to represent Canada!” While many people are relaxing this summer, Ella and Kaitlyn will be working hard, continuing to hone their dancing skills, preparing for their trip to Germany and hoping for one of the precious medals. Despite support from other countries around the globe for their dancers, unfortunately, here in Canada, there is no government assistance for Team Canada Dance. Each member must raise their own funds to attend the competition.

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To that end, you can help them achieve their dream. Ella and Kaitlyn will spend time out in the community over the next several months raising funds. Please keep your eyes and ears open for events and opportunities to donate. You can follow them on their journey via Instagram @ tappingourwaytogermany. Kaitlyn and Ella: everyone in the township, indeed in our country, is proud of you. Enjoy your trip! For more information on Team Canada Dance, please visit www.teamcanadadance.ca

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