Members of Merritt’s dance academy wowed the judges at the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts on March 10 and 11.

Eleven dancers from the Love to Dance Academy in Merritt shipped up the Coquihalla to perform at the festival. Across six different performances in two styles, the Merritt contingent consistently landed on the podium. All in all, the group went home with five gold medals and one silver.

The following scores were awarded:

SCARLET BIRDS – 94 per cent
Spanish Fusion quartet featuring Alexia Clarke, Felize Omori, Miranda Cavaliere and Nia Kuzio

JESTER’s PRACTICE – 95 per cent
Demi-Character Ballet Group featuring Abigail Bateson, Avery Warren, Dani Kuzio, Felize Omori, Kate van Rensburg, Megan Voigt, Mikayla Manke and Miranda Cavaliere.

CLASSICAL BALLET SOLO – 96 per cent
Featuring Megan Voigt

Love to Dance Academy’s Spanish dancers were (left to right) Danica Guichon, Dani Kuzio, Nia Kuzio, Felize Omori and Megan Voigt. (Photo contributed).

SPANISH SOLO – 95 per cent
Featuring Danica Guichon

SUNSET – 96 per cent
Spanish Fusion Duet Featuring:  Dani Kuzio and Megan Voigt

NEW LIFE – 96 per cent
Spanish Fusion Trio Featuring Felize Omori, Megan Voigt and Nia Kuzio