A local dancer has been racking up the accolades and taking home plenty of trophies lately.
Josie Tamburri, a student at Allegro Performing Arts Centre, has been dancing for 11 years and recently took home two trophies for both dancing and singing.
“I’ve been dancing almost my whole life but singing was something I’d always loved to do as well, so I started taking lessons about three years ago,” said Tamburri, who recently returned from The Provincial Festival of Performing Arts which was held in Chilliwack.
While she was there, Tamburri represented the Island for junior stage in dance and was selected as an observer in musical theatre voice and classical voice.
“It was challenging and very busy but it was so great. I learned so much,” she said of the event which ran through the last week of May.
Tamburri, who trains in voice, musical theatre, and a handful of genres of dance, also recently took home the Nadine Stewart Schaddelee Award for outstanding performer in a song and dance solo and the Jan Fraser Award for most promising junior singer.
“I’ve just always had music around me,” explained Tamburri.
“My goal is go to a performing arts school when I graduate.
“I’m really looking forward to improving all around as I get older, in my singing and dancing, and I want to be on Broadway one day. To be able to sing and dance as my job would just be amazing.”
Over the summer, Tamburri will take a short break from classes at Allegro and will also participate in some summer music programming at St. Michael’s University School where she is currently a Grade 9 student. She will also continue with her vocal training with Joanne Hounsell of Saltwater Inc., her voice coach.
“She is really amazing, she’s gotten me so many opportunities and she always makes me want to do more and improve more.”
For more information on Allegro Performing Arts Centre visit allegroperformingartscentre.com. For more information on Joanne Hounsel and Saltwater Inc. visit saltwaterinc.ca.