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Aspiring singers and dancers get their start as junior Young Canadians - Auditions coming up in January

Monday, December 10, 2012 02:00 PM


Marcus Trummer is 11 years old and it was his first time dancing in The Young Canadians Christmas show. “I was a little nervous,” he admits, but you wouldn’t be able to tell as you saw him dance across the stage.

If your child loves to perform and is eager to develop their singing and dancing talents, The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede is the perfect place for them.

Many of The Young Canadians apprentice and senior singers and dancers will tell you they caught the performance bug at an early age and that they got their start as junior Young Canadian dancers and singers.

Megan Zvanciuk first auditioned for The Young Canadians at age seven. She is now 17 years old and has danced her way up the ranks; from junior, apprentice to senior dancer. “I love every minute of it and especially as a junior, it was so much fun” says Zvanciuk. “You get to learn from so many amazing teachers and you have so many wonderful people to look up to.”

Marcus Trummer just moved up from juniors to apprentice singer. “I auditioned for the juniors when I was seven and have been in three Grandstand shows, says Marcus.  “It’s like being part of a family; everyone is really nice. I really like being a part of something so big.”

Many Young Canadians who have been in the program have moved on to successful performing arts careers in Calgary’s theatre and dance scene, in London’s West End, in the national companies of Cirque du Soleil, So You Think You Can Dance, Cats, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, on television and on cruise ships.

“After college, I want to continue my dancing career,” says Megan “I always want to sing, dance and act,” says Marcus — so be on the lookout for these talented performers.

  • Auditions for junior female dancers aged 7 to 11 will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. Previous dance training is required and ballet training is mandatory.
  • Auditions for junior male and female singers aged 7 to 11 will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 9 a.m. Formal voice or dance training is not mandatory, but may be beneficial.

For more information and pre-registration, visit calgarystampede.com/youngcanadians or call 403.261.0129.

The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts is funded by the Calgary Stampede Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong and confident youth in our community.