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St. Peter CES waltzes away with top awards

24 dance teams from elementary schools across the York Catholic District School Board recently competed in the annual For the Love of Dance competition at the YCDSB Centre for the Arts in Thornhill. (View photos)

A total of seven junior, and 17 intermediate teams danced-off in hopes of waltzing to first place, for each division. Each team created a dance performance reflecting Catholic virtues, including: unity, wisdom, perseverance, reverence, responsibility, integrity, courage, compassion, justice or hope.

"York Catholic students strive to live and practice these virtues in their everyday lives at our schools,” says Sandra Fennell, YCDSB daily physical consultant and lead organizer for the competition. “The virtues are essentially character traits that help us to be better people. Demonstrating these traits through dance made for very powerful and moving performances."

Judges for the competition were York Catholic District School Board teachers with extensive dance backgrounds. St. Peter Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge, danced off with the top prize in both the junior and intermediate categories.

With a dance troop of 32 students, St. Peter’s junior team was awarded the virtue award for its outstanding interpretation of unity, while its intermediate team took home the virtue award for demonstrating great courage and commitment to the love of dance theme.

Teams were assessed on their performance according to Ontario dance curriculum expectations. Completed rubrics-score sheets were given to coaches providing feedback on the various elements of dance that led to the final decisions.

The goal of the annual For the Love of Dance competition is to get students moving, while familiarizing teacher-coaches with the Ontario dance curriculum. Students also are given a stage where they can express Catholic virtues artistically, while getting together with other schools, simply For the Love of Dance.