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Photos: Local ballet dancer Keily Stewart performs a Classical Ballet Solo `Sonata` at the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts – Submitted.


By Christine Rumleskie

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While most kids will be playing in the Peace River during the summer holidays, a local eleven year old girl will be practicing ballet at a prestigious dance school.

Keily Stewart recently found out that she has been accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division Summer Session.

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet was founded in Winnipeg in 1970 by former Principal Dancer David Moroni. It has since become one of the most respected training institutions in the world.

The program is held in Winnipeg, for one month, starting July 4th.

Keily’s mom, Dixie Stewart, will be accompanying her during the duration of her stay.

Like all moms, Stewart admits she has mixed feelings about her daughter heading to such a big stage.

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Keily practices her routines at The Move Dance Centre, under the direction of dance instructor Sara Amiot-Cushman. She’s also a part of The Move Dance Company, which is comprised of more than 40 local dancers that study and compete in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop.


Before heading off to Winnipeg, Keily will be dancing at the Peace River North Festival of the Performing Arts on March 18th to 21st, at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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