Team Canada Dancer wins Silver & Gold Medals at International Dance Championships this summer
Jade Delaronde is still on cloud nine after representing Canada on the international stage, this summer, at the Commonwealth Cup Dance Championships [CCDC] in Sun City, South Africa. The CCDC is a biannual event that convenes dancers from ALL Commonwealth nations to celebrate excellence in dance. Thousands of talented dancers, from around the globe, participated in this incredible event that is “just like the Olympics but for dance”.
Jade is honoured to have won the Silver Medal at the official International Dance Organisations (IDO) Dance World Cup for her Tap dance solo “You Say”. She was also the sole recipient of the ‘Judge’s Choice’ award. Her success in the tap category allowed her a secondary opportunity to perform in the Grand Prix Gala, where it was announced that she had placed fourth highest score overall in the Senior Solo Division. It was an amazing accomplishment to have her Tap solo stand out above hundreds of dances from across all dance genres.
Previously, in 2018 Jade had traveled to San Diego, California to the American Tap Festival and won the Gold medal! Her success allowed her to perform her Tap solo “Rather be Tapping” in the Concert of Stars show alongside many incredible tap dancers and she received a full scholarship to attend the American Tap Fest for 2019. This past July Jade traveled to Long Beach, California for the festival and worked with an incredible faculty including Anthony Morigerato, Mike Minery, Ayodele Casel, Sara Reich, Ted Levy, Nico Rubio and Barbara Duffy. Jade competed and won the Gold medal at the American Tap Championships with her tap solo “You Say” and is excited to be traveling back to California on full scholarship for the Summer of 2020. Jade has most recently attended the Dianne Walker Symposium in Toronto where she spent extensive time with this living legend in master classes, tap talks and live music jams.
Back home in Canada, Jade is a full time student at York University studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, specializing in performance and choreography and double major with a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior division and minoring in Sociology.
Having trained extensively in a variety of dance disciplines, since she was 3, Delaronde is no stranger to the stage. She has performed across Canada, United States, Poland, France, Germany and also in front of packed houses with the Toronto Raptors junior dance pack for five seasons.
While Delaronde dedicates much of her life to improving her own dance skills and working with internationally renowned choreographers, she says her biggest passion lies in teaching. Jade teaches at three dance studios and is a freelance choreographer. “I love being on stage, but my real passion is teaching,” she said. “I will always continue to perform, but heading into the future, I am focused more on sharing my passion for dance with my students.”