The sport of Canine Musical Freestyle originated in the Lower Mainland and is now popular around the world. In the spring of 1999 Ray Underwood offered musical freestyle lessons in his obedience studio, Underwoods Dog Obedience, located in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Several teams signed up for the eight-week course. Near the end of the course it was decided as a group to form Paws 2 Dance. The club held its first competition in 2000 under the umbrella of the World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO).
Since then, the club has branched out on its own, holding at least one Lower Mainland competition each year and supporting competitions in affiliate clubs. Membership in Paws 2 Dance has grown to include members in the Lower Mainland, interior BC, Vancouver Island, Washington State and Oregon. In 2009, the Club incorporated as a BC Non-Profit Society.
By far, the greatest energies of the club are directed toward Public performances. Very early on, it became apparent that Paws 2 Dance put on a unique and engaging show. Soon, organizations such as the SPCA, WAG and Critter Care Wildlife Rescue were requesting Demonstrations at their fundraisers. The Lower Mainland Dog Fancier’s Association invited members of the Club to provide noon hour entertainment at their annual International dog show held at the TradeX in Abbottsford. The TradeX performances were an instant hit with the public and the invitation has been extended every year since! Paws 2 Dance has performed at the Cloverdale Rodeo, countless Fall fairs both in BC and Washington, and has given workshops in Kelowna and Courtenay, BC.
Emerald City K-9 Dancers – based in Washington State
Island K9 Freestyle Dancers – based on Vancouver Island