Aspiring dancers meet role model

By Jolene Perron

Nothing was more priceless than the looks on the faces of the Cat’s Meow dancers last Friday afternoon.

Canadian dancer, Amanda Cleghorn, made a special appearance from Toronto to teach the Cat’s Meow’s competition team a new dance. She is well known for her appearance on the third season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada last year where she placed second.

Cleghorn was asked to appear at the studio by Katherine Cristofaro, owner of the Cat’s Meow. They met at an extreme dance convention, and set up in August for her to appear this past weekend.

Cleghorn is twenty years old, and has been dancing since she was four. She is a professional dancer, and knows almost every style from tap to ballet to jazz and much more. She considers herself a free-lance dancer and says she is very versatile.

The dance she is teaching the competitive dance team is a contemporary dance and will be presented during competition season.

“I’m kind of nervous, but also excited,” said Cleghorn before she went in to her first lesson with the competition team.

Cleghorn had only two days with the team, and handed over her work to the other teachers at the studio. It’s up to them to continue the lessons and adjust the routine to win during competition season.

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