Since she was two-years-old, Cynthia McVey has been learning how to dance from Port Perry studio Dedicated to Dance. Now she has a chance to apply those teachings representing Canada on a global stage.
This past April, the-10 year-old Brooklin resident auditioned in Whitby for the chance to compete at the Ballet, Jazz and Modern World Championships which are being held in Poland, from Dec. 6 to 13.
“I went in and I was like ‘whoa there’s a lot of people here and I don’t think I can make it.’ But after that it was really fun,” she said.
Near the end of May, her family told her that she had been selected.
“They told me early in the morning so I was really tired, but I just jumped out of bed,” Ms. McVey said.
If there is one thing that Cynthia has learned over her time at the studio, it’s that the art of dance takes dedication.
“You really have to focus and remember everything,” she said. “It’s pretty hard to do that, but at the same time it’s really fun and you’ve just got to keep practicing.”
Kim Duncan, artistic director at Dedicated to Dance, has seen Ms. McVey grow up through dance and said she has become a person other dancers want to emulate.
“She constantly pushes her peers in all her classes. She is definitely a leader at Dedicated to Dance.”
Ms. Duncan also added that this is a great opportunity for the studio.
“It’s a great representation for us,” she said. ”I think when you get to know Cynthia as a person as well she is a wonderful little girl so the fact that we have such a wonderful person and amazing dancer representing Dedicated to Dance really means a lot to us.”
Cynthia will also be busy leading up to her trip to Poland, as she will be competing at Canadian Nationals this week, before traveling to Disneyland for another dancing competition later this month.
The World Championships are run by the International Dance Organization. The European based organization represents over 250,000 dancers across the world.
In last year’s championships, Canada won Silver in the Adult division and placed fifth in the Junior division.