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2013 Dance Festival - UIMF

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
9am, 1pm, 6:30pm. Check Festival Programme or to confirm session start times.

The Upper Island Musical Festival is again showcasing a thrilling season of talented ballet, stage, and song and dance performances from Nanaimo and area youth and young adults. Nanaimo arts enthusiasts and music lovers of all ages will be entertained by a variety of classical, tap, jazz, modern, and street dance performances.

For more than 80 years, the Upper Island Musical Festival has provided opportunities and venues for young dancers, pianists, singers, violinists, dramatic orators, and other musicians to perform in front of enthusiastic and supportive audiences. Most performers are between the ages of 8 and 18, although there are several recital categories for adults. Their performances are observed by qualified and highly respected adjudicators, who provide encouragement and advice for improvement. The most successful performers go on to represent Nanaimo and area in the Performing Arts BC festival each spring.

The Ballet/Modern Dance will be adjudicated this year by Amalia Schelhorn.
The Stage Dance will be adjudicated by Kim Sato.

Amalia Schelhorn is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and recipient of the prestigious Peter Dwyer scholarship. She spent most of her decade-long performing career touring North America and Europe with the National Ballet of Canada. She was the first member to be promoted directly from the corps de ballet to the rank of first soloist. Her repertoire encompassed solo roles in many of the great classic and contemporary ballets. She was especially noted for the roles she created for then-resident choreographer Constantin Patsalas. After a period free-lancing in operas, modern dance, and jazz, Amalia and her husband moved to Vancouver Island to raise their four children. Since then she has taught extensively. She has been the assistant artistic director of Dancestreams Youth Company and was a charter member of Ballet Victoria. She has created and directed her own shows and is a frequent guest teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator. Amalia currently is chair of dance at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She also teaches ballet at Dansko Studios and at Lynda Raino Dance.


Kim is the founder/director of the SOULdiers Company, started in 2006, and is proud to see that it has grown into an established, reputable street dance co mpany in Vancouver's dance community. She feels fortunate to be sharing her love and passion for the hip hop and funk-styles culture with this audition- based, semi-professional dance company. The dream is to one day make it the official "School of hip hop".
Kim is also the director of Project Soul, her professional street dance crew that, over the last 3 years, has performed a 45 educational street dance show over 400 times throughout the B.C. school system. Project Soul has also performed in Whitehorse for Cypher 4 Change and just completed a Northern Ontario contract.
Aside from directing SOULdiers and Project Soul, Kim loves performing in front of an audience. Kim's personal career has taken her on an exciting journey from more traditional styles to street dance. Her ultimate highlight in her career was performing in the L.A. staged show "Groovaloos", where she showcased her multidisciplinary talents bgirling, jazz, tap, modern, salsa, house and hip hop. Traveling the world with dance, Kim has performed in China, Japan, Brazil, Korea and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her stage work includes the Dance Centre's 10 Year Anniversary Gala, Winterfest, Pop - Up Stages and Dancers for A Small Stage.
She is currently the winner of Nothing But Flavor Locking competition in New York, Last One Stands locking competition in 2010, plus All Styles winner at Honour Roll 2012. Kim can also be found performing and training with her crew Vancity Lockers. She hopes to challenge herself as a dancer as long as she possibly can.

Cost: Adult: $3
Senior: $2
Student: $2
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Dance (Performance)
Location: Beban Park Social Centre
2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
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More Info: Michael Sloan
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