Campbell River dancer Beatrix Bellosillo has been awarded a dance scholarship.

Young ballerina off to dance academy

Campbell River dancer Beatrix Bellosillo has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Victoria Academy of Ballet

Campbell River dancer Beatrix Bellosillo, a student at Urban Dance Connection, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Victoria Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive for three weeks this July.

Bellosillo just completed her second season with Dancestreams Youth Dance Company, a pre-professional repertory company for talented teens from all Island communities.  Dancestreams afforded her the opportunity to perform the works of professional choreographers James Gnam, Maiko Miyauchi, Crystal Pite and Hannah Stilwell during this past season.

In addition to her six hours each Sunday with Dancestreams, she studies ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern at her home studio.

Dance, and especially ballet, is her favourite thing to do above all.

Bellosillo loves to dance because there are no words, and she says Dancestreams is “tons of fun!”

Bellosillo intends to pursue a professional career in dance.

Dancestreams Youth Dance Company, Vancouver Island’s longest running pre-professional company for talented teens, will hold auditions for the coming season on Sunday June 23rd in both Qualicum and Campbell River.

Formed in 1985 to provide enriched training opportunities to serious dance students 13 + up, Dancestreams brings together talented young  people from all over Vancouver Island.

As well as commissioned choreography, Dancestreams provides workshops and master classes with visiting professionals as well as instruction on nutrition, health and wellness, resume writing and other topics.  Each spring, the Company tours the current repertoire throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and occasionally further afield.

The Campbell River audition classes take place at Urban Dance Connection, 3-4:30 p.m. for ages 13+ and 4:30- 5:30 p.m. ballet for ages 9-12 years (non-audition). Classes are $15 each and everyone is welcome. For more, e-mail: dancestreams@shaw.ca  or visit www.dancestreams.ca