Eleven young students of the Durham Dance Centre in Pickering did Canada proud during the recent International Dance Organization’s (IDO) World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, as members of the Canadian National Tap Dance Team. The competition took place from November 28 to December 4.
IDO, the host of the championship event, has a membership of 60 countries.
Five of the dancers are of Caribbean parentage: Madison Williams (Jamaican and Vincentian); Shanice Nembhard (Jamaican and Grenadian), Sachin Beepath (Trinidadian) and Ashley and Alexa Chambers (Jamaican).
The Chambers are granddaughters of former Ontario government minister, Mary Anne Chambers. The other competitors were Eden Penfound-Slifkas, Stephanie Visconti, Chris Batista, Krystina Elbersten, Emma Elliot and Brianna Visconti.
Both the Junior Formation and the Children Formation Teams won Silver medals. Brianna Visconti and Ashley Chambers won Gold for Children’s Duets, Sachin Beepath won Silver for Junior Male Solo, Brianna Visconti won Bronze for Children’s Female Solos, finalist Stephanie Visconti placed 5th for Junior Female Solos, finalists Stephanie Visconti and Emma Elliot placed 5th for Junior Duets and finalists Madison Williams, Krystina Elbersten and Shanice Nembhard placed 4th for Junior Trios.
In total, the Canadian team came home with two Gold, five Silver and four Bronze medals.