The Coast Academy of Dance in Sechelt recently performed a Dance Exhibition at the Raven's Cry Theatre showcasing the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, ballet, modern theatre, tap syllabi and examination classes.
This followed a most successful session of examinations in December, with a number of students currently preparing for spring exams.
Director-Instructor Julie Izad, ballet mistress Michele Starbuck and co-instructors Darlene Wolfe and Mark Zealand are pleased with the dedicated work and progress of the students.
The exhibition was also an opportunity to perform competition dance pieces for the hometown audience as stage preparation prior to competing in the Lower Mainland. The academy's first competition saw them bring home eight trophies.
The winners included three first-place, three second-place and two third-place showings.
First-place trophies went to Rachel Berinstein and Erika's Wrightman's tap duo, Deborah Izad and Alison Powell's tap duo and Jeremy Izad's hip hop solo.
Second-place trophies went to Rachel Chapman's jazz solo, the 17-members from the Maximum Hip Hop company and the 16-members from the Dionisis Hip Hop company.
The two third-place trophies went to Rachel Berinstein and Erika Wrightman's jazz duet and the Three's Company Hip Hop trio of Rachel Berinstein, Sammie Broomhall and Austin Patterson. Johanna Dalgleish, Deborah Izad, Austin Patterson and Kirby Sinnott also achieved high marks in other categories.
The next few months will be busy at the academy as the dancers look forward to three more competitive events. And work has begun towards the year-end performances held at the Raven's Cry Theatre on June 5 and 6.