District 69 dancers earn recognition

Parksville Ballet School was chosen to perform at the Festival Variety Showcase at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Fri., March 9.

Kristen Freed is one of three local dancers selected as provincial reps out of the North Island Festival of the Arts recently.

Kristen Freed is one of three local dancers selected as provincial reps out of the North Island Festival of the Arts recently.

PARKSVILLE — Parksville Ballet School was chosen to perform at the Festival Variety Showcase at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Fri., March 9.

The Junior Dancers performed in a jazz group called Little Bird, and award winning soloist Nick Atkinson performed Haben Sie Gehort Das Deutsche Band from the musical The Producers.

The adjudicators’ choices for the Festival Dance Gala on the following evening were the Intermediate Dancers, who performed their Modern dance Alone Together, and the Senior Dancers who performed their jazz dance, Everybody Hurts.

Soloists chosen to perform were Kristen Freed’s Jazz solo, Since I’ve Been Loving You and  Bronwen Luck’s Interpretive solo, Remnant.

Luck, Freed and Atkinson were selected to be provincial reps at the BC Festival of Performing Arts, which will be taking place in Nanaimo on May 27 to 31. Come out to support your local talent.

Runners up were: Sophie Carl and Youngun Lee. Bursary winners from March 9 were: Mackenna Jardine, Rachel Shilberg, Emily-Kendall Jones, Erin Yung, Bethany Freed, and Miranda Hendrickson. Youngeun Lee won the CRX Summer Explosion Summer Intensive Scholarship.

The Parksville Ballet School will be presenting a ballet of Alice in Wonderland, to be held in late May.

— Submitted