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Teen dancers from Richmond head to the Worlds

Richmond Academy of Dance students among 50 from Western Canada to earn a spot on “Team Canada ShowDance West"
Marlowe Zimmerman (left), 15, and Naya Sedivy, 16. Photo submitted

Two Richmond girls have made it onto Team Canada for the largest and most prestigious of all dance competitions — The World Dance Championships, being held in Germany next month.

Marlowe Zimmerman, 15, and Naya Sedivy, 16, both Richmond Academy of Dance students, were among 50 of the best young dancers from Western Canada to earn a spot on “Team Canada ShowDance West,” led by esteemed choreographer and former world champion dancer Danielle Gard’s national director, Bonnie Dyer.

Canada has been quite successful in all dance disciplines at the World Championships, mainly due to the high standard of training that local studios offer, said Dyer.

“It is also great to see the best of the best in Canada that come from various studios all working together as one team with one goal… and that is to represent Canada.”

The Canadian team’s repeated success is even more impressive considering Canada doesn’t provide any financial assistance to the dancers, as opposed to most European countries, with Team Canada raising its own funds to train and attend the championships Nov. 20 to 25.

The team ranges in age from seven to 19 and have been training for 11 weeks to represent Canada.