Bishop Tonnos Dance Team heads to 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

While other Ancaster residents are shovelling snow and bundling up, a local dance team will turn up the heat in sunny Miami.

The Bishop Tonnos Secondary School dance team is headed to the Sunshine State this January to perform during the halftime show at the FedEx Orange Bowl. In addition to performing for a televised audience of millions, the BT team will also meet renowned choreographers, including Chris Judd, famous for his work with Jennifer Lopez. The five-day Florida excursion also includes dance workshops with top industry professionals.

The trip marks the first appearance outside Hamilton for the award-winning BT team. The 23-member, all-female ensemble was anonymously nominated for the Orange Bowl appearance following several successful dance competitions, including a victory at the Bedazzed Dance Champions competition.

The team was notified of their appearance earlier this year, although they still don’t know who nominated them for the honour.

“I screamed,” said team choreographer Jacqueline Crossley, a BT graduate who previously performed on the team. “I was extremely excited.”

Team member Courtney Bird said she’s also excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect of performing for some of America’s best choreographers.

The BT team was formed five years ago when Jacqueline, in her Grade 10 year, urged school staff to start the program. Most team members have competitive dance experience and some have even competed against each other. The team’s dance styles include jazz, lyrical, hip hop and more.

The team is currently sharpening its skills in preparation for the main event at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens. But team members won’t know their routine until later next month when they receive an instructional DVD. They’ve been told the routine takes about 12 hours to learn.

Along with more than 250 other dancers, the BT team will share the field with a yet-to-be- announced live recording artist. And if they had their choice, who would the BT team choose as a musical headliner?

“Someone like Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce,” said senior team member Bianca Trulli. “That would be sick.”

Heading into the main event, the BT team members will practice their performance outdoors, weather permitting.

“You have to pay really close attention to your alignment,” said Ms. Crossley. “You also have to make your (facial) expressions so much bigger too.”

With dozens of cameras pointed their way, a live crowd of 75,000 and millions more on television, every member of the BT team will likely see some air time.

“No matter where you are, someone can see you,” Bianca said.

While their Orange Bowl participation is guaranteed, the BT team is still expected to pay its own way to Miami. Costs to attend the event are estimated at about $1,000 per team member. To offset expenses, the team is holding a fundraising dinner, Oct. 23 in the school auditorium.

For information on the dinner or sponsorship enquiries, contact staff co-ordinator Robert Lombardi at Bishop Tonnos at 905- 648-4989.

Bishop Tonnos Dance Team heads to 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

While other Ancaster residents are shovelling snow and bundling up, a local dance team will turn up the heat in sunny Miami.

The Bishop Tonnos Secondary School dance team is headed to the Sunshine State this January to perform during the halftime show at the FedEx Orange Bowl. In addition to performing for a televised audience of millions, the BT team will also meet renowned choreographers, including Chris Judd, famous for his work with Jennifer Lopez. The five-day Florida excursion also includes dance workshops with top industry professionals.

The trip marks the first appearance outside Hamilton for the award-winning BT team. The 23-member, all-female ensemble was anonymously nominated for the Orange Bowl appearance following several successful dance competitions, including a victory at the Bedazzed Dance Champions competition.

The team was notified of their appearance earlier this year, although they still don’t know who nominated them for the honour.

“I screamed,” said team choreographer Jacqueline Crossley, a BT graduate who previously performed on the team. “I was extremely excited.”

Team member Courtney Bird said she’s also excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect of performing for some of America’s best choreographers.

The BT team was formed five years ago when Jacqueline, in her Grade 10 year, urged school staff to start the program. Most team members have competitive dance experience and some have even competed against each other. The team’s dance styles include jazz, lyrical, hip hop and more.

The team is currently sharpening its skills in preparation for the main event at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens. But team members won’t know their routine until later next month when they receive an instructional DVD. They’ve been told the routine takes about 12 hours to learn.

Along with more than 250 other dancers, the BT team will share the field with a yet-to-be- announced live recording artist. And if they had their choice, who would the BT team choose as a musical headliner?

“Someone like Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce,” said senior team member Bianca Trulli. “That would be sick.”

Heading into the main event, the BT team members will practice their performance outdoors, weather permitting.

“You have to pay really close attention to your alignment,” said Ms. Crossley. “You also have to make your (facial) expressions so much bigger too.”

With dozens of cameras pointed their way, a live crowd of 75,000 and millions more on television, every member of the BT team will likely see some air time.

“No matter where you are, someone can see you,” Bianca said.

While their Orange Bowl participation is guaranteed, the BT team is still expected to pay its own way to Miami. Costs to attend the event are estimated at about $1,000 per team member. To offset expenses, the team is holding a fundraising dinner, Oct. 23 in the school auditorium.

For information on the dinner or sponsorship enquiries, contact staff co-ordinator Robert Lombardi at Bishop Tonnos at 905- 648-4989.

Bishop Tonnos Dance Team heads to 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

While other Ancaster residents are shovelling snow and bundling up, a local dance team will turn up the heat in sunny Miami.

The Bishop Tonnos Secondary School dance team is headed to the Sunshine State this January to perform during the halftime show at the FedEx Orange Bowl. In addition to performing for a televised audience of millions, the BT team will also meet renowned choreographers, including Chris Judd, famous for his work with Jennifer Lopez. The five-day Florida excursion also includes dance workshops with top industry professionals.

The trip marks the first appearance outside Hamilton for the award-winning BT team. The 23-member, all-female ensemble was anonymously nominated for the Orange Bowl appearance following several successful dance competitions, including a victory at the Bedazzed Dance Champions competition.

The team was notified of their appearance earlier this year, although they still don’t know who nominated them for the honour.

“I screamed,” said team choreographer Jacqueline Crossley, a BT graduate who previously performed on the team. “I was extremely excited.”

Team member Courtney Bird said she’s also excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect of performing for some of America’s best choreographers.

The BT team was formed five years ago when Jacqueline, in her Grade 10 year, urged school staff to start the program. Most team members have competitive dance experience and some have even competed against each other. The team’s dance styles include jazz, lyrical, hip hop and more.

The team is currently sharpening its skills in preparation for the main event at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens. But team members won’t know their routine until later next month when they receive an instructional DVD. They’ve been told the routine takes about 12 hours to learn.

Along with more than 250 other dancers, the BT team will share the field with a yet-to-be- announced live recording artist. And if they had their choice, who would the BT team choose as a musical headliner?

“Someone like Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce,” said senior team member Bianca Trulli. “That would be sick.”

Heading into the main event, the BT team members will practice their performance outdoors, weather permitting.

“You have to pay really close attention to your alignment,” said Ms. Crossley. “You also have to make your (facial) expressions so much bigger too.”

With dozens of cameras pointed their way, a live crowd of 75,000 and millions more on television, every member of the BT team will likely see some air time.

“No matter where you are, someone can see you,” Bianca said.

While their Orange Bowl participation is guaranteed, the BT team is still expected to pay its own way to Miami. Costs to attend the event are estimated at about $1,000 per team member. To offset expenses, the team is holding a fundraising dinner, Oct. 23 in the school auditorium.

For information on the dinner or sponsorship enquiries, contact staff co-ordinator Robert Lombardi at Bishop Tonnos at 905- 648-4989.