Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts Students to compete in France   

The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) proudly announces its students Faith Peterson, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje, Ray Angel Boasman and Jeremiah David, who will be forming part of the National Institute of Arts (NIA) delegation to compete in Champagne, France, from May 25-28, 2017.  The total delegation of students traveling to France is eight of which five are the CBA students. Th students had first competed in the prestigious Regionaux Confederation National De Danse held for the first time in St. Martin in April this year. The CBA students were amongst 100 students that took part in the inaugural competition in the dance genres consisting of Ballet, Jazz, Modern Contemporary and  Outre Style.  Lian Borsje and Kiara Vanterpool are sitting their Dance CSEC examinations on Wednesday May 24, 2017 after which they will go directly to the airport to catch their flight to France.


Director of the CBA, Mrs. Claudette Forsythe Labega notes that “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.


Furthermore, Mr. Roy Lynch, Ray Angel’s father, expresses heartfelt gratitude to directors of NIA, Arlene and Clara and all the teachers for their attentiveness and passion in their craft. “Anytime they are on a plateaux, it seems that they outdo themselves. With this trip to France, our son will be competing amongst 5000 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.


Lian 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 hop that I will do my best and continue to enjoy the experience” said Lian.



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 in 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.”


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