Eleven local dancers are headed for Poland to participate in two world competitions as members of the USA team.
The dancers will compete in the World Modern Championships and the World Jazz Cup, both held at a resort in Mikolajki, Poland, starting Wednesday. Three of the participants are seniors in the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts, part of the Pawtucket school system, and all are associated with the Shannon O’Brien School of Dance in Seekonk. Choreographer Julie Cassamas-White, one of the school’s co-directors and also a professor of ballet at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., will perform as part of the team.
The USA qualifying event was held last summer in Boston. After winning a spot on the team, the young dancers, ages 14 to 28, hosted pasta dinners, raffles and baby-sitting nights to raise more than $12,000 toward their traveling expenses.
Those competing, in addition to Cassamas-White, are Kelsey Ahmed, 17; Courtney Asselin, 20; Elyssa Cipriano, 18; Kelsey Fournier, 20; Mikayla Kolb, 21; and Alyssa Lubera, 18, all from Pawtucket. Others include Julia Neto, 14, and Caitlyn Shepard, 18, both from Attleboro; Stephanie Beaudoin, 20, of Central Falls and Katie Rei, 20, from North Providence.