Slava Doval's upcoming dance showcase will feature the work of eight instructors.

Eight instructors mount dance showcase

The fifth annual DanceFusion event will be held April 22 and 23

Eight Nelson dance instructors are coming together to mount one of the most ambitious local dance showcases in recent history.

“The theme of this year is collaboration, and the strength of collective creativity,” said DanceFusion’s Slava Doval, who produced last year’s show with only two teachers. “It is fantastic to have a such a diverse range of experience and knowledge to share with students.”

That means Amber Santos and Martine Hvezda will mentor the burgeoning breakdance scene and collaborate with local drummers to bring a live music element to the show.

Meanwhile teachers Megan Foulds, Oksana Maslechko, Shaenna Young and Glynis Waring will showcase contemporary jazz, hip hop, acro-dance and gymnastics.

“I continue to teach and craft my own style, DanceFusion, which is known for its athletic grace, excellent music, and joyful expression. It is adventurous dance for the people by the people,” said Doval.

This year marks a new chapter of youth mentorship as well, with almost every younger class member being teamed with a mentor who helps the teacher with demonstrations and choreography.

“The younger ones learn by kindness and example, the youth gain confidence and leadership skills, and the teacher can focus more on the bigger picture.”

For the show, she’s also collaborating with Sea of Wolves design studio on Ward St., which is helping create the costumes.

There will be three performances: Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Doval feels they’ve come a long way since their first performance at the Legion, which only had 27 dancers. This year there are well over 200.

“This was such a dream last year, and I am immeasurably proud to be surrounded by these dedicated folks,” said Doval. “I feel like we are so much stronger for it.”

 

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