Dawn Briscoe of Port McNeill reaches during her solo dance in Portside Academy's sixth annual Stars of Tomorrow dance recital at Sunset Elementary School in Port McNeill.

Stars shine on stage

Local dancers shine as Portside Academy of Performing Arts hosts recital.

PORT McNEILL—Portside Academy of Performing Arts bills its spring recital as Stars of Tomorrow. But dozens of young North Island dancers showed they are already stars last weekend in the sixth annual multi-disciplinary show at Sunset Elementary School.

Styles ranged from ballet, jazz and contemporary to hip-hop and musical theatre, including one Bollywood-esque piece complete with veils and jangle-laden costumes.

Portside Academy is a Port McNeill-based school run by choreographer and director Alana Collins, but features students from multiple North Island communities, including Port Hardy, Port Alice, Alert Bay and Woss.

The shows Friday and Saturday featured a concession of baked goods donated by dancers’ families, raffle baskets and a flower table hosted by Port McNeill Flower Shoppe.

Collins followed the finale by presenting a parting gift to its lone graduate this season, Port McNeill’s Karina Can, who also works as an assistant dance instructor.


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