Marit Kassels (middle) will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this winter.

Young dancer heading to Alberta Ballet’s Summer School

Marit Kassels will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this winter.

By Michele Skuce

Marit Kassels will attend the Professional Division Summer School at Alberta Ballet after auditioning this winter.

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

The following is an excerpt from a brief chat with Marit about going to Alberta Ballet, and her goals with dance.

Q: Marit, when you did you start dancing?

A: When I was about three years old. I’ve been with Ms. Renee since I was six, so almost four years now (Marit turns 10 in June).

Q: What do you like best about dance?

A: I like ballet and contemporary.  I like ballet best though.

Q: Do you have goals associated with dance?

A: My goal is to become more flexible, and to go en pointe by the time I’m 14 years old.

Q: Why did you choose to audition for Alberta Ballet?

A: My dad works in Calgary, although I might stay in residence while I’m there. We’re not sure yet.

Q: Going into the program, what are you most excited about, and what are you most nervous about?

A: Being able to dance 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.

Q: What is going to be the biggest change?

A: 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.

Q: Are you attending any festivals this spring?

A: I’m going to Penticton, Castlegar and Cranbrook. I love performing.

Q: What’s your favorite piece this year?

A: The trio I’m in.

Students from Kootenay Danceworks  will be performing at their year- end show, An Evening of Gratitude, at the Charles Bailey Theatre on Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale.

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