Fraser Valley Academy of Dance students who have been successful in their auditions are (back row, from left) Andrew Delves, Abigail Delves, Priscilla Gubiotti, Elle Penner and Chase Bradley and (front row, from left) Lindsay Kim, Anna Neudorf, Jasia Greenan and Maisie Allison. Missing from the photo are Isabella Almarez, Marin Greenan, Syanne Sibble and Brooke Thomas.

Fraser Valley Academy of Dance students who have been successful in their auditions are (back row, from left) Andrew Delves, Abigail Delves, Priscilla Gubiotti, Elle Penner and Chase Bradley and (front row, from left) Lindsay Kim, Anna Neudorf, Jasia Greenan and Maisie Allison. Missing from the photo are Isabella Almarez, Marin Greenan, Syanne Sibble and Brooke Thomas.

Local ballet students selected for top schools

Twelve successfully audition from Fraser Valley Academy of Dance

Twelve ballet students, including three alumnae, from the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance (FVAD) have successfully auditioned for Canada’s top ballet company schools, the most direct route to a professional career.

Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) invited Andrew Delves (Mission), Jasia Greenan (Mission), Lindsay Kim (Langley), and Anna Neudorf (Abbotsford) to their summer intensive, along with Isabella Almarez (Mission) who completed her first year full-time at NBS in Toronto.

Of 1,000 hopeful students auditioning to attend, only around 50 will be invited to the full-time professional program.

Of the four FVAD students who then chose to attend the NBS summer intensive, both Delves and Neudorf were invited full-time, along with Almarez, who will continue there for her second year.

At Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWBS), among those invited to the summer intensive were six FVAD students: Delves, Greenan, Neudorf, Kim, Chase Bradley (Abbotsford) and Priscilla Gubiotti (Abbotsford).

Gubiotti attended and was among a handful of students invited to the full-time professional program, joining FVAD alumnae Marin Greenan (Mission) and Brooke Thomas (Abbotsford).

Another three FVAD students successfully auditioned for the Alberta Ballet School summer intensive: Maisie Allison (Mission), Abigail Delves (Mission), and Syanne Sibble (Chilliwack).

Both Allison and Delves attended, and both were invited to the full-time professional program.

Elle Penner (Abbotsford) successfully auditioned for Oregon Ballet Theatre School’s summer intensive in Portland, having previously attended Arts Umbrella contemporary dance intensive in Vancouver as well as the RWBS summer intensive in Winnipeg.

Under the direction of John C. Carney, FVAD provides students with training in his half-day Pre-Professional Academy (PPA) as well as after-school programs.

Visit fvad.ca or call 604-826-0097 for more information.