Area dancer to learn stateside

Dannicka Kequahtooway will be heading to the United States on a pair of dance scholarships.

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The 15-year-old from Sakimay explained one scholarship will take her to New York for 10 days to train in ballet, the other will see her spend 10 days in Florida, again gaining experience in dance.

In the case of the Florida opportunity Kequahtooway said she has some work to do before the trip. She explained participants have access to a video of a particular dance, and “you have to learn it before you go.”

A member of Divadance in Grenfell, Kequahtooway was in Yorkton Friday jingle dancing at National Aboriginal Day festivities. She admitted aboriginal dancing “is pretty different than ballet,” adding with ballet “you have to train a lot to be good.”

In terms of ballet, Kequahtooway said whatever she learns is important because the skills and discipline transfer to other forms of dance.

“It’s the foundation of jazz, hip hop ...” she said.

So what attracts Kequahtooway to ballet?

“It’s the soft, flowing movement, you can let your emotions out,” she said.

While only heading to Grade 10, Kequahtooway said she already has plans to attend college with a focus on acting and dance.


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