Dancer reaches top seven

NANAIMO - Votes help Nanaimo's Kiana Smith win both her categories but it didn't secure her the win in the Dance Upon a Dream contest.

Voters helped Nanaimo’s Kiana Smith win both her musical theatre and tap categories in the Dance Upon A Dream Contest.

Despite the highest number of votes Smith didn’t win the ultimate prize package, a trip to New York and three months training at the Broadway Dance Centre.

The winner was determined by Tyce Diorio, from So You Think You Can Dance.

Smith’s mother Trish, said in an e-mail, that even though Kiana didn’t win she was “ecstatic” to have made it to the top seven.

“It was an incredible experience to have two of her routines judged by 36 world class successful industry judges,” said Trish. “Being exposed to the best in the industry, some of whom might even employ her one day … was a very worthwhile experience.”

Kiana has been dancing since she was three and taking classical voice for nine years. She hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre.

She attends Vibe Dance Studio and trains in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and gymnastics.

She also teaches jazz, tap and hip hop at the studio.

The competition was created by Joshua Horner. The next Dance Upon A Dream contest begins Jan. 31. For more information please go to