STRIKE A POSE - Local dancer Claire Welikoklad

Local dancer brings home title from talent search competition

Claire Welikoklad earns runner-up spot in her division

  • Aug. 8, 2012 3:15 p.m.

One local dancer who was scouted and invited to compete at a talent search last month came home as the runner-up in her division.

Claire Welikoklad, 11, a dancer at Strive Dance Academy in Red Deer, did a tap solo called ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ which was choreographed by Jaimie Bingham.

She was scouted at Dance Power Edmonton, a dance competition, by officials with Northern Star Talent Search. Northlands and Capital EX look for local dance and music competitions to partner with and be a sanctioned event for Northern Star Talent Search.

“I was really surprised when I found out. I was really excited,” said Claire, who has been dancing competitively for six years.

Claire was the runner-up in the Junior Division Final (ages nine to 12) of the Northern Start Talent Search at Capital EX in Edmonton, which ran from July 20th -29th. She competed in front a couple of hundred people in the dance/variety category on July 22nd and admitted to being a little nervous as it wasn’t strictly a dance competition like she was used to – there were also competitors in her same group who sang as well.

When Claire found out she had been named the runner-up in the competition, she said she was happy and excited.

“She was shocked too – her face was like ‘Really?’,” said Jodi Welikoklad, Claire’s mom. “We were so proud of her. I was so amazed and impressed. It was funny because with all of her training she was a bit nervous but when she got up on stage, with all of her dance background, she had no issues, she went on stage and did her solo. It was great.”

Claire was awarded an all day pass to Capital EX as well as $50 to spend as her award.

Produced by Northlands, the Northern Star Talent Search is open to amateur talent between ages five and 21. Advancing semi-finalists and finalists perform during Edmonton’s Capital EX and have the chance to compete in the 2012 Canadian Youth Talent Competition in Winnipeg, hosted by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. The Canadian Youth Talent Competition is hosted annually by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFÉ) and celebrates the performing arts talents of Canada’s youth from coast to coast.

Looking to the future Claire said she “wants to become famous – a famous tap dancer.” She currently takes all sorts of dance classes including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and musical theatre.

“I like performing on stage and I like to move my feet. Tap is my favourite.”

Claire said dance has not only given her many opportunities but it also allows her to exercise, make friends, travel and to perform and have fun.

Jodi said Strive Dance Academy is looking at possibly traveling further with their dancers and competing in different locations.

“We’ve talked about competing more out of the country which would allow for some great opportunities.”

Strive Dance Academy has been operating in Red Deer for nearly four years. About 60 dancers attend the studio.

“Claire’s really lucky that she has a great studio. They do exams in all different disciplines and it’s a great opportunity for her to be able to dance there and have high-caliber training.”

Just Posted

City sells former RCMP building, land to province

Construction of new courthouse in Red Deer one step closer to reality

City increases parking rates by 25%

Red Deerians expected to pay increase in early fine payments

RCMP make arrests after bank robbery

Two suspects are in custody after using a needle to rob a CIBC in north Red Deer

WATCH: Lowe’s officially opens its doors in Red Deer

New retailer has created 128 permanent jobs

WATCH: Lacombe and Red Deer Chambers prepare members for cannabis legalization

Luncheon speaker educates businesses on marijuana policies

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read