Nine-year-old dancer headed to Calgary

A young Salmo dancer will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this winter.

A young local dancer will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this winter.

Nine-year-old Marit Kassels of Salmo travels to Rossland four days a week to dance with Renee Salsiccioli of Kootenay Danceworks.

She has been dancing with Kootenay Danceworks since she was six and she chose to audition for Alberta Ballet because her Dad works in Calgary.

Kassels is excited about the opportunities ahead of her, which includes dancing with people from around the world and seeing all the different techniques.

“I’d also really like to be accepted to attend year around, but not sure I’d be able to go yet.”

From Kassel’s perspective, the biggest change for her will be her focus.

“I think I’m already focused, but (being there) will change my focus, improve my dancing and it might make me more confident about myself.”

Her favorite type of dance is Ballet, although she also likes Contemporary.

“My goal is to become more flexible, and to go en pointe by the time I’m 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 May 25. Tickets are now on sale.