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Richmond dance academy students ready to pounce at provincials

The Richmond Academy of Dance will send 11 students to the BC Performing Arts Provincials in two weeks
Students from the Richmond Academy of Dance are all set to take on the provincials next month

A Richmond dance academy will be going mob-handed to the BC Performing Arts Provincials next month.

Eleven students from the Richmond Academy of Dance, on River Road, are limbering up for the virtual competition, which runs June 1 to 5.

The academy’s artistic director, Heather Joosten, said they are all “very excited” about the prospect of representing Richmond in the provincials, adding that it is “unique” that the students are showcasing so many different areas of the arts.

“They have all won numerous awards in local competitions recently as well,” said Joosten.

The academy's other artistic director, Annette Jakubowski, said she was "so proud of our students, especially as there is no other dance studio in the Lower Mainland that has such diversity in their representations at the BC Performing Arts Festival.”

At the provincials, the academy will be represented by:

Elisabeth van den Boer – Senior Stage Dance

Olivia Jalandoon – Intermediate Ballet

Hailey Chan – Intermediate Modern Dance

Ameia Mikula Noble– Senior Ballet

Solomon Wong- Junior Musical Theatre

Theresa van den Boer– Intermediate Ballet

Jocelyn Ly – Junior Musical Theatre Voice Alternate

Omer Murad – Intermediate Classical and Intermediate Musical Theatre alternate

Kendra Baldwin – Senior Musical Theatre

Lyrie Murad – Musical Theatre Provincial Excellence

Marlowe Zimmerman – Senior Stage Dance