Averie Lentz was chosen to represent Quesnel at the provincial performing arts festival in Penticton. (Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts photo)

Quesnel’s Lentz lives for dance

Quesnel festival represented again by Averie Lentz

Quesnel dancer Averie Lentz was one of the standouts chosen to attend the Performing Arts BC provincial festival. The festival was held in Penticton and is part competition, part artistic development opportunity.

“I’ve been dancing since I was three years old, and it was one of the best decisions of my life,” Lentz said. “I dance at Gold Pan City Dance Studio and am so happy to be able to dance and take all the amazing classes that are offered there.”

She also has great appreciation for her parents who “are always there supporting my dance dreams, cheering me on, and making sure that I’m always having fun,” she said. “I am also super grateful towards the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts that they put in the effort and time to host a dance festival this year, and that I had another chance to make so many more great memories with my friends, family, teachers, and so many others.”

In addition to Lentz, Quesnel’s festival also sent local performers InSong Youth Choir, Alexis Mackenzie (dance), and Mattias Anderton (music). Furthermore, Quesnel dancer Gizelle McDonald also attended by earning a spot via the Prince George Dance Festival.

This is the third year in a row that Lentz has represented the city on the provincial stage, having earned a Ballet Merited Participant (observer) position in 2020 and a Junior Stage Competitor position in 2021 (there was no festival in 2022 due to pandemic).

“I know for sure I will continue to dance, grow, work hard, and learn much more from all the inspiring teachers that have come into my life,” said Lentz.

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