Performing Dance Arts, (www.PerformingDanceArts.ca), Toronto’s leading dance studio providing professional dance lessons for kids of all ages, is weighing in on Canadian dancers winning gold at a world dance championships.

Team Canada West’s national junior girls squad—which consists of 24 dancers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan—competed in the International Dance Organization World Dance Championships in Poland last month. Members of the team were able to win four gold and one bronze medal during the competition. (Source: “Canada junior girls team takes home the gold at world dance championships,” cbc.ca, December 13, 2015; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canada-junior-girls-team-takes-home-the-gold-at-world-dance-championships-1.3363401.)

“It’s an achievement all Canadians should be proud of,” says Ashley Daychak, creative director at Performing Dance Arts. “These young dancers travelled across seas to compete, and they not only represented our country but showed a level of excellence by winning these medals.”

Approximately 4,000 dancers from 29 countries participated in the International Dance Organization World Dance Championship. Ballet, modern dance, and jazz were the disciplines in which Team Canada West was able to place, and 12-year-old Brynne Abgrall earned a gold medal in the modern dance solo category. It was the first time any of the girls had gone overseas to compete.

“The thrill these young girls must have felt competing on such a big stage must have been incredible,” Daychak continues. “Many of our dance instructors here at Performing Dance Arts have international experience, so we understand what kind of work it takes to get to that level.”

Performing Dance Arts offers both professional and casual dance classes to children of all ages. They operate out of a dance studio in the Woodbridge area and serve all of the York Region and the GTA.