So you think you can dance?

Round one of Qualicum Beach version of So You Think You Can Dance kicks off Saturday

Dancers are limbering up to take part in Qualicum Beach dance competition

Dancers are limbering up to take part in Qualicum Beach dance competition

On April 21 round two of So You Think You Can Dance Qualicum Beach is being held and this time everyone will get to hear what the judges have to say.

For a $1.00 donation at the door the public is welcome to watch the contestants at Kwalikum Secndary School in Qualicum Beach.

Doors open at 3:30 and the dancing starts at 4 p.m.

The event is aimed at bridging the gap between young and old in the community and to help mark the 70th birthday of The town of Qualicum Beach.

The initial rounds saw many talented dancers from several Vancouver Island dance schools turn out for the auditions. Organizers of the event said dancers performed routines in many different disciplines and the talent was top notch.

The contest is open to youth between grades six to12 and the winner will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas, including flights, accommodation, dance workshops in their dance form and tickets to see Beatle’s Love and backstage passes.

Dance judge Donna Wilkins who was at the Qualicum Beach School of Dance March 23 to choose dancers who will move on to round two of the contest said she was looking for dancers who not only had good dance technique, but showmanship and personality as well.

Wilkins said this Saturday is when the cream will rise to the top because dancers will have to dance a couple of different styles.

“The next round has choreography.  That is when we will discover who is really versatile.”

The finals will occur on Sunday, May 20 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Tickets for the finals are $25 and includes a gala dinner and a night of dance performances that will have two group numbers, one hip hop, the other contemporary, professionally choreographed.

As well there will be a group number done by the finalists.

The Oceanside Hospice Society is the beneficiary of all funds raised from the event.