Aldergrove dancer to represent Canada for world title

Twelve-year-old Kelsey Hayes from Aldergrove has been selected to represent Canada at the prestigious World Hip Hop Championships

Kelsey Hayes

Twelve-year-old Kelsey Hayes from Aldergrove has been selected to represent Canada at the prestigious World Hip Hop Championships in Bochum, Germany in September.

“Auditions for the Canadian National Dance Team brought some of the best dancers from across Canada, vying for a position on the team to represent Canada at the World level,” states a press release from Team Canada’s National Dance Director, Bonnie Dyer.

According to the release, dance is not recognized in Canada as a Sporting Event, even though many of these dancers train up to seven days a week, are as flexible as any gymnast, as graceful as figure skaters and as dedicated as any Olympic athlete.

Hayes currently dances 20-25 hours a week, training in hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical, acro, stage and contortion; all while maintaining a very high academic average. Among her most recent accomplishments since joining Company Competitive Dance three years ago, is a Gold Medal win for her contemporary performance at the Dance World Cup 2014, held in Niagara Falls, Canada, July 4-6.

“Dance is not a hobby for me, it is my passion,” says Hayes. “I love to dance but hip hop is one of my favourite styles. When I hip hop I feel very swagy and like I can just let loose.”

As part of Team Canada’s Hip Hop Junior Group, Hayes is required to raise $3,500 to cover the costs of travel, choreography, coaches, Team Canada jackets, hotels and entrance fees.

“I would like to ask for any help in making my dream to dance for Canada, a reality.”

Fund raising events have been planned within the community over the next two months to help her get one step closer to achieving this fabulous opportunity.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 — Hot Dog Sale Co-op in Aldergrove from 9:30-2:00

Saturday, September 6, 2014 — Pub Night Murrayville Pub in Langley from 5pm – midnight. Tickets are $25 and include Roast Beef Dinner and Drink

Donations can also be made at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1nGi9

Just Posted

McGregor Says: Shopping husbands will survive

Columnist Jim McGregor offers a little advise to those husbands required to go Christmas shopping.

Ring in New Year with ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ at Aldergrove pool

Langley Township welcomes new year with activities for all ages

Langley girl raises $1,685 for BC Children’s Hospital

Aubrielle Bibeau was able to purchase and donate 337 toys to BC Children’s Hospital.

Langley Olympians swim club sets new records at Victoria meet

Club sent 47 swimmers to the 16th annual PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational Swim Meet

An 800-pound pig needs a forever home, Langley animal shelter says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

Reindeer will be busy at the zoo in Aldergrove

Christmas holiday fun for families at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Torched-SUV victim ‘had the purest heart,’ says sister

Family of teen found in burned SUV in Surrey appeals for justice

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

Most Read