Powell River sisters Abby Head, 16, and Eden Head, 18, recently returned from the prestigious World Show Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany. The sisters were among a select few chosen for a team to represent Canada. Abby recently spoke to the Peak about her and Eden’s experience.
Tell us about the competition you and Eden attended.
We attended the International Dance Organization World Show Dance Championship and performed as a part of the adult formation. Our team consisted of 17 girls, 16 years old and older. We were all from Western Canada, including Vancouver, the Okanagan and Sechelt.
How did you all get together to rehearse?
For about the last two and a half months we've been working on a number to perform at the world championships. Every Sunday we would rehearse at the Langley Fine Arts School. It usually involved day trips to make it to rehearsal. It was a very big commitment.
Did you enjoy the championships?
Germany was really cool. It was a show-dance competition, which is jazz and contemporary that illustrates a story. Our team was bulls and matadors, so we had black and red skirts we danced in and our dance was called the Triumph of the Bulls. There were so many dancers from all over the world who were very passionate. It was an incredible calibre of dance. Our team, Team Canada West, came in eighth against 20 other countries.
When did you and Eden begin dancing?
We both started when we were three years old. We've been dancing together for a long time.
What is your favourite style of dance?
I really like jazz dance. I like it because it's an intense and technical style of dance that requires a lot of passion and intensity, as well as facial expression.
Do you plan to continue with dance?
I'll probably compete until I'm done high school. After high school I'll probably try to achieve an academic career. I'm hoping to maybe continue teaching dance.