Elizabeth Elwood is a member of the youth dance company Dancestreams

Elizabeth Elwood is a member of the youth dance company Dancestreams

Dance auditions open

Dancestreams is a pre-professional company for teens

Dancestreams Youth Dance Company holds its annual master classes and auditions Sunday (Sept. 11) at Vibrant Studios in Nanaimo.

For 25 years, this award-winning company enriched the training of career-minded dancers on Vancouver Island.

A hallmark of the non-profit program is the access to some of Canada’s most sought after choreographers and teachers, with the opportunity to perform in the annual regional tour and periodic foreign tours.

The company meets for six hours in Parksville every Sunday for master classes with guest teachers and choreographers, workshops on nutrition, career planning and pilates.

On Sunday, Island dancers will have the chance to take classes with Monica Proenca, co-director of Lamondance of North Vancouver, for ballet and Claire French for modern. French is a Vancouver-based choreographer who has taught for universities and professional dance companies as well as youth.

Dancers 13-18 years don’t have to be auditioning to take advantage of these classes, but those wishing to audition must take both.

Advanced dancers age 11 and older are welcome to attend.  With sufficient interest, a junior company will be considered.

Register by e-mail to dancestreams@shaw.ca.

Doors open at 10 a.m.  Info session for dancers and parents is at 10:30 a.m. Ballet class runs 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and modern from 12:45-2:15 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.dance

streams.ca.