Sloan dances with the stars
CAMPBELL RIVER - When pop superstar Britney Spears calls, you hop on a plane.
That’s what C.R. DanceXtreme co-owner/artistic director Shawna Sloan did last month when she was offered the job of assistant choreographer on a dance number for the upcoming Britney Spears ‘Femme Fatale’ World Tour. Sloan, who grew up in Campbell River but worked in Los Angeles as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher for 11 years, flew to Los Angeles in May to work with Spears and her dancers, choreographing the song ‘Up ‘N Down’ from the new Britney Spears album.
Sloan was in L.A. for a week teaching the dance moves to Spears and nine back-up dancers.
“We had to set the choreography on dancer’s bodies,” Sloan said of the intricate number. “There were five cages, including one for Britney, plus four female and five male dancers.”
Sloan was specifically asked to come to L.A. for the job by renowned choreographer Carla Kama, who has worked on world tours for everyone from Britney Spears to Rihanna to Christina Aguilera.
Sloan, who owns C.R. DanceXtreme in downtown Campbell River with fellow professional dancer Buddy Mynatt, said it’s important to both of them to keep working professionally in the U.S. and abroad.
“I feel like it will give our students options, if any of them decide to become professionals, if we keep our connections to this amazing industry,” she said.
It’s been an exciting spring for C.R. DanceXtreme. Their Showteam has competed in several festivals, bringing home consistent high marks and accolades. Most recently, they competed at the Shine Dance Festival in North Vancouver, where they received numerous gold and several platinum awards, as well as choreography awards and the Studio Spirit Award. Earlier in May, Sloan and Mynatt traveled to Prince Rupert for the B.C. Annual Dance Competition with four of their solo dancers, who brought home $2,500 in cash prizes as well as several special awards. And, Sloan is headed to Kamloops later this month for the B.C. Performing Arts provincial competition, where two C.R. DanceXtreme dancers - Krystel Cisnero and Ailsa Sirois - will represent Campbell River and the North Island in the intermediate and junior stage categories.
The competitive season will wrap up for the year in July when C.R. DanceXtreme’s 50 Showteam members travel to Las Vegas to compete in the West Coast National Finals.
To see Sloan, Mynatt and the rest of C.R. DanceXtreme’s dancers on stage, head to the Tidemark Theatre this week for their show ‘Glitz and Glam - Vegas Style.’ There will be performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday’s shows will focus on the studio’s younger dancers, while Saturday’s two shows will feature the teen and adult students.
C.R. DanceXtreme’s Showteam will perform at all four shows and Sloan and Mynatt will dance a contemporary lyrical duet at all four performances. Saturday’s shows will also feature a major ballet work, with Sloan and Mynatt performing a pas de deux. For ticket information, visit www.tidemarktheatre.com, call 250-287-PINK.