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Academy students dance their way to first at Bell

Locals win big at Extreme Dance Competition in Surrey

The Delta School District Dance Academy, located at Delta Secondary in Ladner, placed first in every category it entered at the Extreme Dance Competition at the Surrey Bell Centre earlier this month.

The competition was for school dance programs from both the public and private sector. Delta took top spot in senior jazz group medium, junior contemporary medium and large group variety.

In addition to these wins, the senior jazz group placed first overall and the junior contemporary group placed third overall.

It is the inaugural year for the dance academy and 20 students in grades 8 to 12 are taking part, including five international students.

The program focuses on ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop while incorporating other styles of dance such as Bhangra and Latin.

Professional instruction from Jyla Davis, owner of Studio West in Ladner, Lesley Benham, owner of Deas Island Dance, and Katie Parks from Deas Island Dance has propelled the students to new heights.

The students dance as part of the academy two to three times a week. Operating within two blocks of the school timetable, the structure allows students from other schools to also take part. The academy is open to both male and female students.

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