Langley dancer defeating her fears

Twenty hours a week – minimum – 12-year-old Paige McLachlan is at the dance studio training.

While it is the Grade 7 Alice Brown Elementary student’s dream to become a professional dancer and then a dance teacher, she admits getting up in front of a crowd to perform has not always been easy.

In fact, when she first took a dance class at age three, stage fright got the best of her. She was unable to perform in the class finale, bringing her dancing career to an abrupt end – or so her mother Tracey thought.

The youngest of four children, Paige didn’t gravitate to playing soccer or other sports like her three brothers. Much to her mother’s surprise, Paige turned nine and asked if she could try dance again.

She started with a recreational jazz class, then quickly evolved to competitive dance, now training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and stage dance.

She first auditioned for the 2013 Langley Has Talent, but didn’t make the cut. This year, however, she came back more confident and more determined than ever and made it through to the finals.

Paige will be joined by 12 other competitors (another young dancer, a number of musicians and singers, and even an aerial gymnast) at Saturday’s competition, which is being held at the Christian Life Assembly church on 56th Avenue.

The fourth annual Rotary Club hosted event begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15.

Tickets are available online at www.langleyhastalent.com.

Just Posted

Make-A-Wish BC grants Langley girl’s wish

Mae Ten Haaf battled a brain tumour much of her young life, and recently returned from Disney World.

Mark Warawa won’t run in the next election

Langley MP issues a statement about his impending retirement from politics.

Giants defenceman Bowen Byram named WHL On the Run Player of the Week

Registered three goals and three assists in a pair of victories for Langley-based team

British wheels have a certain appeal

Langley Area Mostly British Motoring Club celebrates English auto design

LETTER: Langley resident says a cancer plague is building

A Langley City man believes a poor diet and unhealed emotions are part of his cancer journey.

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Most Read