Katherine Barkman wins first place in Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals

On January 12th, Katherine Barkman, 17, of Richboro, was awarded first place in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Philadelphia Semi-Final Classical Dance Category. Her teacher, Nadia Pavlenko, received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

In April, Katherine will go to New York to compete in the YAGP Finals. YAGP is the largest ballet competition in the world, and gives out more than $250,000 in dance scholarships every year.

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Dani Tucci-Juraga’s living her dream and helping others shine

by Tara Lynn Johnson

Dani Tucci-Juraga’s life keeps her on her toes. She’s a wife, a mom, a business owner, a dancer, a choreographer, an actor, a producer, and apparently a juggler adept at keeping all of those balls in the air.

Dani, owner of and teacher for her own dance studio, is the resident choreographer for the Actors’ NET of Bucks County (the non-profit actor-driven non-equity theater in Morrisville) as well as seasonal choreographer for Pennsbury, Truman, and the BCTech Schools. And this month she’s not wearing only her business owner, teacher, and choreographer hats. Additionally, Dani is producing, making costumes for, and performing as Judy in “White Christmas” at Actors’ NET.

She’s thrilled to do it all, though, and happily took the reins of the creative side of the production, even though it’s a challenge.

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