Kootenay arts festival dancers honoured

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

Twenty-seven dancers took part in the Kootenay Festival of the Arts highlight concert.

Twenty-seven dancers took part in the Kootenay Festival of the Arts highlight concert.

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

Over 154 talented young dancers participated in the dance section of the festival, of whom 27 were chosen to perform at the highlights concert. Awards were given for ballet, modern and stage dance.

Dancers came from Nelson, Trail, Rossland, Kamloops, Nakusp and Spokane. Sarah Megee from Victoria adjudicated ballet and modern dance. Shannon Cote from Penticton adjudicated for stage dance.

The second half of the festival continues today. Disciplines include strings, woodwinds, piano, vocal and choral, leading up to the highlights concert at the Capitol Theatre tomorrow at 7 p.m. The schedule can be found at kootenayfestivalofthearts.ca. Admission to all venues is by donation.

Dance award winners

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

Modern: 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

Stage: 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 Danceworks)

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