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Amazing dance performances highlight opening week of Kootenay Festival of the Arts

By Contributor
April 6th, 2016

The Kootenay Festival of the Arts Dance Highlight Concert held at the Capitol Theatre Saturday was a huge success. 

More than 154 talented young dancers participated in the dance section of the performing arts festival held March 30th though April 2nd at the Capitol Theatre with 27 chosen to perform at the highlights concert held this past Saturday evening. 

Awards were given for ballet, Modern and Stage dance.  Dancers came from Nelson, Trail, Rossland, Kamloops, Nakusp and from across the border from Spokane, Washington. 

Sarah Megee from Victoria adjudicated ballet and modern dance.  Shannon Cote from Penticton adjudicated for stage dance.

The dance adjudication award winners included:

Top Junior Ballet Student — Ava Jinjoe

Most Promising Ballet Student — Sophie Hargreaves

Outstanding Contemporary Ballet Solo — Ali Ferguson

Encouragement Award Ballet — Sammy King

Workshop Award — Ava Jinjoe

Summer Intensive Tuition Scholarship to Victoria Academy of Ballet — Anna Clark


Outstanding Modern Solo — Joy Davis,

Outstanding Intermediate Solo — Hollie Arsenault,

Outstanding Junior Solo — Tatum Clement,

Encouragement Award Modern — Quinn Barron,

Top Duo or Trio — Wonder (Dance Center of Spokane),

Special Choreography Award — Little Angel (Kootenay DanceWorks),

Junior Music Interpretation — Sophie Hargreaves,

Intermediate Music Interpretation — Madeline Kinghorn,  

Workshop Award — Bethany Johnson


Top Senior Stage Student — Sofia Merlo,

Top Intermediate Stage Student — Isabella Mitchell,

Top Junior Stage Student — Tatum Clement,

Most Promising Stage Student — Sophie Hargreaves,

Encouragement Award — Abby Kylne,

Top Duo or Trio — Step Sisters Lament (Kootenay Dancworks),

Top Group — Emergency (Dance Center of Spokane),  

Special Choreography Award — Follow Me Down (Akimbo Dance),

Most Entertaining Solo — Anabelle O`Neill,

Most Inspirational Solo — Joy Davis,

Intermediate Music Interpretation — Bethany Johnson,

Workshop Award — Ali Ferguson

Summer Intensive Tuition Scholarship to Okanagan Dance Studios — Madeline Kinghorn

The second half of the Kootenay Festival of the Artsl begins on Monday (April 11th) with performances throughout the week. 

Disciplines include strings, woodwinds, piano, vocal and choral, leading up to the highlights concert at the Capitol Theatre on April 16 at 7 p.m. 

The schedule of events may be found on the website with admission to all venues are by donation.

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