Local dancer heading to Alberta Ballet’s Summer School
Marit Kassels, age 9, will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this past winter. Marit lives in Salmo, and travels to Rossland four days a week to dance with Renee Salsiccioli of Kootenay Danceworks.
Marit has been dancing with Kootenay Danceworks since she was six, so for approximately four years now and she chose to audition for Alberta Ballet because her Dad works in Calgary. When asked what she most excited about, and most nervous about, Marit replied “Being able to dance with people from around the world and seeing all the different techniques. I’d really like to be accepted to attend year round, but not sure if I’d be able to go yet.”
Marit expects the biggest change for her will be her focus. She believes that she is already quite focused, but thinks that her summer at the Alberta Ballet will likely improve her dancing, and make her more confident in her abilities.
Her favorite type of dance is Ballet, although she also likes Contemporary. Her goals are to become more flexible and to go en pointe by the time she is 14 years old.
Her favorite piece this year is the trio she is in, and she’s looking forward to performing at festivals in Penticton, Cranbrook and Castlegar.
Students from Kootenay Danceworks will be performing at their year- end show, “An Evening of Gratitude” at the Charles Bailey Theatre on Saturday, May 25th at 6:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale.