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Madawaska couple dances way into finals of New Brunswick talent competition

MADAWASKA, Maine —  Daniel and Susan Desjardins of Madawaska are headed to the finals of a province-wide talent competition next month at the Western Festival in Saint Quentin, New Brunswick. The festival takes place July 4 through 9, and the Desjardins who dance, will perform in the talent competition sometime between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. eastern standard time on Thursday, July 6.

The couple earned a spot at the Western Festival when they won a New Brunswick Coeur D’Artiste competition for seniors age 50 and older last November in Grand Falls.

Desjardins said he enjoys the social aspect of competition, the mental stimulation and fun that comes with learning new dances and the physical fitness benefits it brings.

“We get to meet a lot of different people,” through dancing, he added.

About 10 years ago the couple began taking ballroom dancing lessons in Quebec and have continued to enjoy dancing.

The regional competitions took place throughout Francophone areas of New Brunswick. Four winners from each category of solo, duo, and group performances were chosen to represent their respective areas in the grand finale at the Western Festival. The Desjardins will represent the region of Madawaska and Victoria counties and will perform in the duo category.

Since this is a Francophone competition the Desjardins will dance to a French song of their choosing.  The couple is scheduled to compete during the Western Festival’s Provincial Gala Finals.

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