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2015 Teen Honour in the Arts Award Recipient    


Lauren Maier

When Lauren puts on her “poodle socks” and ghillies and starts doing beats, cuts, overs, lifts and sevens, judges take notice. Lauren is a championship Irish dancer and in March 2015, represented Kelowna at the World Irish Dance Competition. She also competed in the North American Irish Dance Championships in July and the Western Canadian championships in November. Regionally, Lauren placed third in the Open Championship, winning the Slip Jig and placing second in the Treble Reel and third in the National Set.

Lauren began dancing at the Blakey School of Irish dance at the age of seven and is now  an assistant dance teacher there as well. She volunteered at the Western Canadian Irish Dance Championships and performed at many local events including the Okanagan Military Tattoo and St. Patrick’s Day in senior care homes throughout the Okanagan.

Lauren also competes for both the KSS track and field team and the Okanagan Athletics Club.  In June, she was awarded Most Improved Female Athlete on the KSS team.

This summer, she has been invited back to the renowned Studio to Stage program for Irish Dancers in New Jersey.





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