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Student dancers share stage with professionals in Kelowna Dances

Cara Matthew releases her jazz/blues CD with a party next Thursday, May 22 at Minstrel Café, 4638 Lakeshore Rd. To make a reservation, phone 764-2301. Cover charge is $10. - contributed
Cara Matthew releases her jazz/blues CD with a party next Thursday, May 22 at Minstrel Café, 4638 Lakeshore Rd. To make a reservation, phone 764-2301. Cover charge is $10.
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Get ready for the third annual Kelowna Dances, a chance for some of Kelowna’s best dancers from dance schools across the city to share the stage with the professionals in Ballet Kelowna.

Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director David LaHay originally created the event in 2006 as a way to get the entire dance community working together, a chance for those who dance at different schools to meet and share the stage in a friendly manner, as well as giving them a chance to work side by side with professional dancers.

This year’s event has four of Kelowna’s top dance schools taking part, including Creator’s Arts Centre, Canadian School of Ballet, Dance City Academy and the Mission Dance Centre.

It will also give those who did not have a chance to see the much-talked about ballet, The Red Nocturnal, created by choreographer Josh Beamish, performed one last time this year.

Also on the program for the Ballet Kelowna dancers are the pas de deuxs from Don Quixote, Le Corsair and Flower Festival as well as a contemporary piece by choreographer Brian Macdonald called Lignes et Pointes.

Tickets for Kelowna Dances are $15, available at Ticketmaster. Show times are 2 and 8 p.m. on May 17, at the Mary Irwin Theatre.

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