Taking the stage with body and soul

West Kootenay dancers take part in well-earned showcase

'Seashells' – modern dancers from a 2012 event at the Brilliant Cultural Centre.

Heightened inspiration is what happens when the combination of talent, discipline and imagination is demonstrated for expert judges.

That opportunity is coming up in Castlegar for a hopeful group of performance artists.

More than 100 dancers are set to gravitate to the Brilliant Cultural Centre for the third annual “Just Dance Festival” next Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, their hometowns include Grand Forks, Trail, Rossland and Castlegar.

The artistic athletes range in age from eight to 18 and genres from ballet to hip hop will be represented.

The students will do their best under the watchful eye of former professional dancer and adjudicator Andrea Gunnlaugson. Honest, qualified evaluation is invaluable to the dancers, who will be working toward awards of platinum, gold, silver or bronze. Financial tributes totaling $1,600 (generously provided by local businesses) will be dispersed to 14 dancers at the festival’s conclusion.

The festival will be held on Friday, April 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 7:35 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:35 p.m.

Performers love an audience and the public is most welcome to attend for a modest $2 fee.

On Sunday, April 21 there will be workshops where the dancers will have the ability to work with the adjudicator and learn from her extensive dance background.

More information on the Just Dance Festival is available at


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