Last weekend was the Dance World Cup Spain qualifiers in the city of Burgos, two hours north of Madrid. Ibiza was represented by a team of 23 talented dancers from the Davinia Van Praag Dance Academy in Ibiza Town.
by Sarah Oliver
Davinia Van Praag first opened her school in March 2014 and it has grown rapidly and now has students, studying disciplines in ballet, street dance, musical, jazz, tap, singing and acro-dance. The dance company has expanded so successfully that Davinia recently took on a second large dance studio in addition to the original school.
The team knew that the competition in Burgos would be tough, with nearly 2000 competitors from 65 dance schools across Spain.
Road to Burgos
Early last Thursday 16th, the team met at Ibiza airport to travel on an early flight to Madrid, followed by a two hour drive to Burgos, where the team based themselves in a large house with a practice studio, just outside the city.
The girls on the team range in age from 5 to 15, so it was a mammoth task for Davinia and her co-director Oscar Rodriguez Odnozok, to organise the logistics of this massive event; getting the girls to and from the venue, ensuring they were fed, rested and fully prepared. Needless to say, the Base Camp was not a quiet, peaceful place to be!
Many Ibiza ‘Dance Moms’ and even a few ‘Dance Pops’ travelled with the team, to help with hair, make-up and costumes and to cheer loudly from the audience of the two stages at the huge venue – the Forum Evolucion, right in the centre of Burgos.
And they weren’t disappointed! Despite a gruelling schedule of early starts and long days, that meant on the first night of the competition the team only managed to squeeze in four hours sleep, before getting up for costumes and make-up for the next day of performances, the medals quickly starting rolling in.
In the long-held tradition of talented ‘Ibiza Kids’ the girls came through the Spanish heats of the Dance World Cup qualifying in the hip-hop category, three Song and Dance categories, plus Tap, Jazz, Show Musical and Acro Dance.
That resulted in 3 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze – and an overall haul of more than 50 individual medals!
Their arrival back on the island on Monday night was greeted by crowds of well-wishers and a couple of bottles of champagne being sprayed around, which the airport authorities took with good humour and applause!
Next up is the Dance World Cup Finals in Offenburg, Germany in June. Over 12,000 competitors from 47 countries will be competing, so the challenge starts again for Davinia Van Praag and her talented team of dancers.
If you want to see the girls in action, they will be performing in the Carnival parade this Sunday in Ibiza Town. You won’t be able to miss them – it’s going to be pretty spectacular.
Get along there and give these great Ibiza ambassadors some support!
For full details of the Carnival routes and schedules goto ibiza carnival 2017