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BCIS Brooks Got Talent was a brilliant showcase

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Mauricio Rojas and Marisol Rodriguez Giraldo earned first place Mauricio Rojas and Marisol Rodriguez Giraldo earned first place Ryan Dahlman

The Brooks and County Immigration Services Brooks Got Talent show packed the Brooks Legion Hall.


It was such a popular event organizers had to turn away people at the door.
Those who did have tickets and got in were treated to a showcase of talent from countries such as the Philippines, Somalia, Columbia, India, and China. There was also local talent and one rap duo originally from Quebec.
“It’s amazing to see the hard work of each performer come to fruition on the stage. We are quite fortunate to have so many talented people in our area,” explains Ryan Kiedrowski, employment counsellor with BCIS. “Numbers were a bit higher than last year. We officially sold out of the 200 advance tickets. Each year, our Brooks Got Talent event gets bigger and better.”
The top five participants received prizes.
In first place were the talented Mauricio Rojas and Marisol Rodriguez Giraldo, Columbian salsa dancers who edged out Jose David Galdamez, who electrified the crowd with his freestyle Latin dance moves.
In third position was the Kalahi Group Filipino dancers comprised of Jennelyn Valenzuela, Cathleen Catam-Isan, Pinky Tandog, Shaira Louisse, Kim Ponce and Kimberly Ponce.
Rounding out the top five in fourth place was Christian Mercado and in fifth place was Rodelio Morales.
There was also a prize for audience favourite, where people voted for their top picks. The Somali Jander dance group won.
The winners received prizes which included everything from Safeway, WalMart and Heritage Inn gift certificates, Tim Hortons’ cups and family passes to the Family Leisure Centre as well as photo sessions from RyKie Images.

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