Maple Ridge dancer wins provincials

Aimee Payne performs a jazz routine at a competition. She won a provincial title in Kamloops last week. - Contributed
Aimee Payne performs a jazz routine at a competition. She won a provincial title in Kamloops last week.
— image credit: Contributed

Aimee Payne literally lives to dance.

The 17-year-old takes nine classes a week, learning hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet and tap, and even gives up weekends to travel to Vancouver to learn from other choreographers.

“Honestly, every time I get up on stage, even in classes, it feels like my heart’s on fire,” says Payne, who just graduated from Thomas Haney secondary and trains at Peggy Peat School of Dance.

“It feels so good.”

It seems that all the hard work Payne’s putting into dancing is paying off.

Last week, she swept the senior stage category at the provincial dance championships, beating out 18 other dancers for the prize.

Payne was selected for the provincials from the Surrey Festival of Dance, one of the largest in North America.

“I just feel like it’s a nice way to end my year,” Payne says.

This summer, she heads to L.A. with Triple Threat presents Next Step, a program that helps dancers break into the Los Angeles dance scene.

“My dream since I’ve been 11 is to dance in L.A.,” says Payne.

Before she heads to L.A., she’ll fly to Las Vegas to compete with other dancers from Peggy Peat and return to B.C. for the Fusion Dance Camp, which she attends every summer.

Payne will spend August dancing in shows at the PNE.

“I’m in a dream when I’m up there,” she says. “It’s unreal. Every time I take a class or perform, my passion just grows strong.”

Another Peggy Peat dancer –Cassidy Corrigan – was selected to compete in the provincials from the Pacific West Festival as junior stage representative (ages 10-12).

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Jim Byrnes pays tribute to blues roots
Ridge piper to play on French battlefields
Theatre workshop with Christopher Gaze
Coast Salish tribes gather for water ceremony before NEB hearings
Detroit Mass Mob fills pews in struggling churches
Fog, navigation methods blamed for container ship grounding in Fraser River
Whiteley takes public accolades with a grain of salt
Dancing dogs raise money for wildlife
Playing dress up

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.