A Swift Current woman has become the first in Canada to achieve a pass in the toughest test ballet has to offer. 

The Canadian Dance Teachers Association gave Brianna Dash, an instructor with The Dance Studio of Swift Current, a passing grade in the Advance Solo Award Ballet Exam when they came to test her for their highest credential. While many have taken this test, nobody has passed, until Dash. 

"It feels very insane to have [passed]," said Dash. "I feel very honoured that I have this opportunity. I'm just really hoping that it inspires other dancers across Canada to work to take this exam because it was a wonderful experience and probably one of the biggest highlights in my dance career."

The test saw an examiner come to Dash's home studio, where she was made to perform a routine full of exercises and artistry while dancing on point shoes. 

This achievement isn't only a huge milestone for Dash, but it also marks a significant feather in the cap for The Dance Studio of Swift Current. Mellissa Wallace, the owner and artistic director of Thre Dance Studio of Swift Current, is not only proud of Dash but honoured to have her as a member of their team. 

"It is very exciting as Brianna's teacher, to have seen her achieve this highest level of her ballet training," said Wallace. "It's also wonderful to have her as an inspirational role model for our younger dancers. Everyone can look up to Brianna and know that no matter where you're from if you work hard enough, you can achieve amazing things."

While this exam does come with no end of respect and accolades, it doesn't certify Dash for any specific rank or title. It is a mark of excellence solely on her own hard work, abilities, and calm under pressure. 

One of the hopes with this credential is that Dash will soon be hearing from other studios and troops looking to dance with her. To take her skills and perform with others who can appreciate what she is capable of would be a great next step for the woman from little Swift Current. 

"Brianna is a gorgeous performer and we always love being able to showcase Brianna and any of our dancers," said Wallace. "So if the opportunity comes up, that would be very exciting."

Locals looking to see the enigmatic performance of Dash firsthand will be able to do so along with her fellow instructors and their students. June 1 will be the 16th annual Dance Recital at the innovationPlex. Dash will dance three solo performances, sure to steal the breath away of not only the well-versed in ballet, but of anyone lucky enough to witness one of Canada's most skilled performers. 

Tickets will be on sale on The Dance Studio of Swift Current website, with 3-13 years of age costing$18 for a ticket, and anyone older having to pay $23.