DanceFusion brings dads and daughters to the stage

Thirty-one fathers and daughters participate in a dance that is goofy, sentimental, and at times very funky.


The annual DanceFusion Showcase brings the joy of dance together with community of all ages to the Capitol Theatre for performances on April 26 at 7 p.m., April 27 at 2 and 7 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m.

This year’s trend is more adults taking classes and willing to take the risk of performing. The popular Dad’s Dance will again take the stage on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday matinee. Thirty-one fathers and daughters participate in a dance that is goofy, sentimental, and at times very funky. Expect some tears and laughter as these brave fathers perform the art of “Dabbing” (or “Dadding” as they prefer to call it).

“I coach a lot of my daughter Lilly’s sports but Dad Dance was the best connection I had with her last year,” said L.V. Rogers teacher Simon Liddell. My daughter was stoked to be able to show me her dance world and it was cool to be able to switch roles with me as the student and her as the coach.”

This year also marks the first time an entire family is dancing in the show: dad, mom, son and daughter.

The Littles, which include Kristina, realtor, and Rob, general manager of the Adventure Hotel, who over 20 years ago had an elaborate dance background performing all over North America.

“This is community engagement in the arts,” says Slava Doval, the outgoing 2018 Cultural Ambassador and director of DanceFusion. Doval will also take the stage with a solo piece inspired by her recent performance in Vancouver at the Made in BC Pitch and Showcase.

The show is a mix of ages and experience; expect to see newcomers and to see pre-professional and professional level pieces. The team of six teachers, Doval, Emily Honegger, Jaimie MacGibbon, Megan Malone, Glynis Waring and Siovhan Williamson, bring a wide variety to the stage including contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, acro dance, hip hop, lyrical, jazz funk and more. Come be inspired by this school that is developed locally and inspired globally.

Tickets are on sale at the Capitol Theatre online or box office.

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The annual DanceFusion Showcase will be held at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, April 26 to 28. Photo: Adrian Wagner

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