UXBRIDGE: 16 year-old Uxbridge resident, Emilee D’Ornellas will be representing Canada, in November, at the World Dance Championships, being held in Riesa, Germany.
After being one of many people across the country to audition, Ms. D’Ornellas was chosen to be one of the members of the Canadian National Tap Team. “It was really exciting, because I made the team last year, but I didn’t end up going, because I didn’t have time for it and it was really expensive. Then this year, when I auditioned again I was hoping to go, so I was really excited that I made it,” Ms. D’Ornellas told The Standard.
She also explained what the audition was like. “There was one audition, and it was one of the last auditions that they held, and so there was only a few people that were there, and they had already chosen most of the team, so there [weren’t] a lot of spots left. I was nervous, but it was really fun, because the guy who was running the audition was super nice, and I knew I wanted to work with him.” The choreographer for the national team is Matthew Clark from Buffalo, New York.
Ms. D’Ornellas has been dancing since she was very young. “My mom used to dance professionally, so that’s why she put me into it, and my friends did it, and my friend’s mom owned a studio, so that’s where I went and then I just liked it ever since,” she said. Some of Ms. D’Ornellas’ accomplishments include: being awarded the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference scholarship two years in a row, numerous judges’ special awards, and coming in second place at a national competition in Atlantic City in 2016.
As well, she was chosen as the valedictorian of her grade 8 graduating class at R.H. Cornish Public School. “It was a good feeling, because before I got asked I didn’t really know what it was, and when I found out I was pretty proud that out of my really big school they wanted me to do it. There was over 100 people in my graduating class, so it’s a pretty big group and it was an honour.”
To take part in the national competition, Ms. D’Ornellas must raise $3,650 for the trip, additional money for costume and choreography fees, and is hoping to also have some spending money while in Germany. “We’re budgeting for about $5,000, by taking all of that stuff into consideration,” Dawn D’Ornellas, Emilee’s mother said.
Emilee has asked for sponsorship from the Township of Uxbridge, and the request was forwarded to the Township’s Golf Fund committee for consideration. “We’ve also sent stuff to the rotary club, and the Bonner Boys have given us some rehearsal money, those are the local organizations we’ve gone to so far,” Dawn told The Standard.
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