Charlotte Brookson Academy students to compete in France

PHILIPSBURG–Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) students Faith Peterson, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje, Ray Angel Boasman and Jeremiah David will be forming part of the National Institute of Arts (NIA) delegation to compete in Champagne, France, May 25-28. The five CBA students are part of a delegation of eight students traveling to France. They had first competed in the Regionaux Confederation National de Danse held for the first time in St. Martin in April. The CBA students were amongst 100 students who took part in the competition in the dance genres ballet, jazz, modern contemporary and outre style. Borsje and Vanterpool are sitting their Dance CSEC examinations on Wednesday, May 24, after which they will go directly to the airport to catch their flight to France. CBA Director Claudette Forsythe Labega said, “Our students Faith Peterson (form 2,), Kiara Vanterpool, Ray Angel Boasman, Jeremiah David (all in form 4) and Lian Borsje (form 5) respectively have worked hard to qualify to compete in this event under the tutelage of Arlene Halley Newhouse and Clara Reyes, co-directors of NIA.

  “We thank NIA for closely working together with CBA to prepare our students for regional and international representations and would like to wish our students much success in the competitions.”

  Roy Lynch, Boasman’s father, expressed heartfelt gratitude to NIA Directors Newhouse and Reyes and all the teachers for their attentiveness and passion for their craft. “Any time they are on a plateau, it seems that they outdo themselves. With this trip to France, our son will be competing amongst 5,000 of the best in the world. We want to thank them very much for giving him the opportunity and wish them the very best,” he stated.

  Borsje, who has competed in this category in the past and is a defending champion from St. Maarten, is one of the form 5 students of CBA’s first cohorts writing the CXC examinations. “I feel so excited and ready to perform even better than I did in 2016 and hope that I will do my best and continue to enjoy the experience,” he said.

  “At the CBA, we strongly believe that a combination of the academic performance and exposure to the highest levels of competitions will position our St. Maarten/St. Martin creative talents on the international map.

  “The mission of CBA is to ‘Pour joy into their hearts and into the hearts of others through the love and through the expression of the arts. To shine the light that is within their hearts into the hearts of others and to explore into their wonderful spirits, their love of their beings and the reason for their existence,’” said the school management.   

  For more information on the school, visit or e-mail . It is also on Facebook: Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, tel. 1-721-542-1229 or 1-721-523-8999.

Source: The Daily Herald