(Photo credit: Bruno Avard)

Wow! Toronto absolutely swarmed this weekend’s O-Town Showdown! We’re burstin’ with Bee Pride for not only our own amazing dancers, but for the entire Toronto crew that made the treck up to our nation’s capital.

Once again, dancers from the 6ix dominated the Prop & Jill with a huge Toronto presence in the finals, including local dancers Anne Dorward and Hannah Bild-Enkin (with 1st & 3rd places claimed by our own BKD teachers Jasper Palfree and Phil Bourassa respectively, both of whom also earned spots in the finals of the Solo Jazz division).

Our competitive troupe The Killer Diller Bees laid down an impressive performance in the Team Showcase, while other Toronto dancers showed off their choreography skills with a seemingly-endless number of entries in the Short Showcase division (3rd place won by Killer Diller Bee Jessica David with the aforementioned Jasper Palfree).

Jasper and fellow BKD teacher Shannon both earned spots in the Showdown Jack & Jill finals (with top spot claimed by honourary-Bee Julie Kiraly of Edmonton and Toronto’s own Luis Arredondo); with Phil, Shannon and Anne also strutting their stuff in the role-reversal Jill & Jack finals.

For full results, check out http://www.otownshowdown.com/g/results/#2016

Toronto, you sure know how to bring the competitive heat! Congrats to all the participants, finalists, and award winners both from our fair city and beyond. And of course, a huge thank you to the Ottawa swing dance scene for being such wonderful hosts at this annual favourite. We’ll certainly be back next year!