YARMOUTH, N.S. – A Yarmouth dancer is excited to be heading to Calgary to compete at a national highland dance competition as part of Team Nova Scotia.
Madison Boudreau – the daughter of Deborah and Scotty Boudreau – was selected to represent the province at the upcoming ScotDance Canada Championship Series being held in Calgary June 30 to July 4 after competing at the Nova Scotia Closed Highland Dancing Championship and Provincial Selection Meet in Pictou earlier this month.
Held at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in early May, there were 87 dancers competing for a spot on the provincial team. Boudreau competed in her respective age group – Premier 18 & Under 21 – and claimed the second runner-up title, granting her a spot on the team.
Asked about that day’s competition, Boudreau says, “I was a little nervous. I’ve been working very, very hard for this. I was really excited when the results happened. I can’t wait to represent Nova Scotia at Canadians.”
The dancers competing for a spot on the Nova Scotia team have to be premiere dancers, which is the top level for highland dancing, says Boudreau who has plenty of experience when it comes to highland dancing. She’s been dancing for 16 years and used to train with the MacKenzie School of Dance.
This year has been more challenging for her when it comes to her dancing, as she’s been balancing dance with her university studies. Often times she was conducting her lessons with her new Halifax dance teacher Carolyn Spears online through Skype.
“It was definitely really hard with the university workload,” she says. “Sometimes it was hard to fit a class in, but I tried to keep practising as much as I could because I knew the outcome I wanted. I did anything to make it possible.”
Dance has already given Boudreau many unique opportunities. Last year she was first runner-up in the qualifying competition and was part of the Nova Scotia team at the national competition in Charlottetown. She’s also performed with dancers at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
Boudreau would encourage anyone thinking about dance to give it a try.
“It’s been a part of my life for so long, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It teaches you a lot of self-confidence and a lot of creativity and a lot of life lessons that you wouldn't think of,” she says. “One for me would be to never give up and to keep working towards the goals you set for yourself. I was in one of the toughest groups in competition and I didn’t always get the results I wanted but I kept pushing through. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I wanted to be.”
She says she can’t wait for her trip to Calgary.
“At Canadian championships I’ll be competing against the top dancers from around the country in my age group,” she says. “I’m very excited.”