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Local dancers get unique opportunity

Local dancers get unique opportunity

A few local (and lucky) dancers will be joining Canada’s Ballet Jorgen when it performs Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet at Frank Venables Theatre on Jan. 28.

The”local participant” program offers youth the valuable experience of dancing with professional dancers and working with professional artistic staff.

The youth cast are assembled from local area students based on either a recommendation by their dance teacher or at an audition.  The youth rehearse with the company for two hours the day before the show, then three to four hours directly prior to the performance.

Students have been selected from Okanagan Dance Studio in Penticton, Dance Oasis in Osoyoos and The Dance Studio in Oliver. Four lucky and talented Oliver students have been selected to dance in the program; nine-year-old Therese Grice, 10-year-old Kadence Newstead, 10-year-old Jessa Vernon-Wood and 12-year-old Kayla Barisoff.

Kayla, who’s favourite style of dance just happens to be ballet, feels very honored to be dancing with Canada’s Ballet Jӧrgen. “It’s not every day that you get this opportunity.”

Leah Richards, owner of Oliver’s The Dance Studio, is thrilled with the opportunity.

“When young dancers have the chance to learn from professionals in a comfortable hometown environment, the benefits not only touch the performers but the rest of the studio as well. We all look forward to learning from their experiences.”

The main goal of the local participant program is to give the participants exposure and access to the workings of professional dance. This includes detailed work that goes on backstage to prepare for the performance, the technical and artistic expertise required by all, and the need for all performers to give 100 per cent at all times throughout the process and the show.

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