White Rock’s Angella Slaunwhite is set to perform a lyrical solo at the PNE Star Showdown later this month.

White Rock’s Angella Slaunwhite is set to perform a lyrical solo at the PNE Star Showdown later this month.

White Rock dancer seeks PNE title

Angella Slaunwhite competing in talent show for third time

Will third time be lucky for Angella Slaunwhite?

The 17-year-old White Rock dancer has made it into the PNE talent show again – now known as the Star Showdown – this time as a competitor in the youth category.

In 2005 and 2006 she successfully auditioned for the finals in the Kids Talent Division of what was then the Star Discovery Talent Search, although the grand prize eluded her.

The Earl Marriott student will perform her lyrical solo during the semi finals, Aug. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the WestJet Concert Stage in the fair’s Central Park.

Her talent should stand out from other competitors for a number of reasons. Not only is she a dancer in a contest usually overrun with singers, but she is also presenting a solo with a powerful emotional story, set to Pink’s I Don’t Believe You.

“I’m a cheerleader who has just broken up with her boyfriend – I come on wearing his jacket,” she said.

“I find it easier to perform a number with a story. You’re telling it through your actions and I find a story captures the audience more.”

Slaunwhite, who studies dance with Sheila Fergus at Artistic Edge in Fraser Heights, has come a long way from her 2005 jazz solo performed in cowgirl costume to Shania Twain’s Any Man Of Mine.

At that time her principal focus in dance – she started when she was only three – was in jazz and ballet.

“Now it’s everything – including hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary,” she said, adding she also enjoyed a foray into musical theatre at Marriott in Grade 10.

But she’s just as determined as she was when she was 11 to make dance her career.

“I love it – it’s really physical, and so much fun expressing everything through your body and movement,” she said.

“I love performing and it’s really great dancing before a big audience and having the lights and music and everything come together.”

Slaunwhite is going into Grade 12 in September, but she already has a post-secondary direction in mind.

“I pretty much have it planned out,” she said. “I want to study business and dance at university, so that I can open my own dance studio and run it.”

The only question is where she will study, she said.

“I’ve heard there is a good dance program at UBC, but I might also look at Simon Fraser or UVic.”

Her plan is based on experience she’s already had, she noted

“I’ve been teaching a lot at my studio, and I’ve been running dance camps on my own at home. I already have a clientele that’s waiting for me to open up a studio.”

But a desire to teach won’t outweigh her love of performing, should the PNE contest bring a more high-profile performance opportunity her way.

“I would definitely do that,” she said.

Just Posted

A Grade 8 class at L.A. Matheson Secondary. March 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
B.C.’s return-to-school plan good, but Surrey teachers hope there is room for adjustments

Surrey school district to receive $1.76M of the $25.6M provincial pandemic-related funding

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Pier has reportedly been unused for a long time

A mixed-use development with 69 market rental units and 10 commercial units is proposed for the 2300-block of King George Boulevard. (Thinkspace rendering)
Pair of South Surrey apartment proposals move forward

Council gives third reading to rezoning applications for market-rental and residential projects

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Most Read