Alana Cutland had been dancing since the age of four, and was Vice-President of the CUTAZZ dance societyCutland Family

Tributes have begun to be paid to Robinson College student Alana Cutland, 19, who died earlier this month in Madagascar. She had recently completed her second year studying Natural Sciences, and was partaking in an internship conducting scientific research in the remote area of Anjajavy.

“Alana grasped every opportunity that was offered to her with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, always seeking to extend her knowledge and experience in the best ways possible″ said her family, in a statement released by the Foreign Office. “Our daughter Alana was a bright, independent young woman, who was loved and admired by all those that knew her.”

“She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly.”

They described her as “a talented dancer” who “embraced the more creative side of her talents with joy and commitment”. Alana had been dancing since the age of four, and was Vice-President of the CUTAZZ dance society.

“Her thirst for discovering more of the world always ensured she made the most of every second of her action-packed young life”, her family went on to say.

“We are heartbroken at the loss of our wonderful, beautiful daughter, who lit up every room she walked in to, and made people smile just by being there.”

Dr David Woodman, Senior Tutor of Robinson College, extended his “sincerest condolences” to the Cutland family.

“Robinson College is deeply shocked by the news of Alana’s death,” he said. “In her two years here, she made a huge contribution to many different aspects of life in the college. She will be sorely missed by us all.”

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