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LETTER: grateful Quesnel dancer taking stage breather

After an award-winning year, dancer will focus on school, mental performance
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This is where it all began for Alexis Mackenzie, already a dancer at four years old, now taking a break to recharge and focus on Grade 12. (Corine Duthie photo)

Editor:

Alexis Mackenzie participated in competitive dance from the age of 4 to the age of 16 when she competed the last of her performances.

Alexis has decided to hit pause on her competitive dance career to focus on her last year of high school. She’d like to someday continue her dance journey but for now, her focus is on completing her Grade 12 year and taking care of her mental and physical well-being.

Along with working hard on her future opportunities in fitness, Alexis still dances and choreographs while she works out at the gym. We are so proud of Alexis for how far she’s come and what she has accomplished, and so is she. We want to thank the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts for this wonderful opportunity that’s been given her, to express herself and all of the work of putting on this amazing artistry. Thank you, for giving her the opportunity of presenting herself and for representing Quesnel in many provincial festivals.

For the future dancers, her words of advice are please keep dancing because you love to dance, respect all dancers no matter where they dance or where they come from, and most importantly congratulate each and every dancer. It’s not all about the placement, trophy, or provincials. Respect on and off the stage really shows.

We want to thank all festival members including the studios we’ve travelled to, to further Alexis’ career - the people who’ve all worked so hard to make these festivals run.

To all the Grade 12 students who Alexis competed against, as well as anyone who has recently graduated, thank you for all the wonderful years of dancing. How far you’ve all come. It’s been a blessing to watch not only Alexis but all of you, grow into inspiring young adults.

Dancing has been an incredibly treasuring opportunity. We want to wish you all the best in the years to come.

Corine Duthie (mother of Alexis Mackenzie)

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Frank Peebles

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I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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