Competition and camaraderie

Tap dancers from Prince Albert’s Performing Arts Warehouse take to the stage during Dance Blast 2017 at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

For dancers from the eight different studios who competed at Dance Blast over the weekend, competition and cooperation go hand in hand.

The annual four-day event draws nearly 500 dancers from two Prince Albert dance studios, as well as from six others based in surrounding communities. Dancers have a chance to hone their skills and compete for close to $10,000 worth of awards.

It’s one of Saskatchewan’s largest dance competitions, but for the performers, it’s about the camaraderie as much as it is the competition.

“Even though (the dancers) are competing against each other, they’re always helping each other out,” Dance Blast organizing committee president Derrick Smith said. “If somebody needs their hair done or forgot something, they’re always willing to share and jump in and help people out.”

Smith is in his second year as organizing committee president, but he’s been involved in Dance Blast since his daughter began competing roughly a decade ago.

He said they try to put on an event that will help memories for the young dancers who attend, while still providing a high level of competition.

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