Stelio Calagias (left) leads a group at Front Street Dance through a rehearsal of a number they will perform at the Dance Educators’ Showcase on Nov. 17 at the Capitol Theatre. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson’s dance schools come together for show at Capitol Theatre

The Dance Educators’ Showcase runs Saturday

The best of Nelson’s dance community will share the spotlight this week.

The third annual Nelson Dance Educators’ Showcase, which runs Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Capitol Theatre, will feature performances from nine local schools. Nelson and District Arts Council executive director Sydney Black says the event differs from other dance shows by putting instructors front and centre on the stage.

“Usually they are in the back with their Grade 7s doing tap dance or leading their little five year olds’ ballet classes and supporting, but don’t get a chance to say, ‘Hey, this is all the crazy awesome stuff that I do.’ It’s been a really amazing way to let them be featured.”

Stelio Calagias and his Front Street Dance students are among the night’s performers. Calagias moved to Nelson three years ago after running a dance school in Toronto for over two decades and said he was surprised by the quality of local dance groups.

“A lot of very well-educated performing arts educators have landed here,” he said. “Nelson’s a pretty unique place and we are really happy that we’ve landed here and we feel like we’ve landed in the right place for ourselves as well.”

Black said profits from the show will be redistributed to the schools to be used as bursaries for dance lessons.

“It’s going to be highly entertaining,” said Calagias. “It’s supporting a community cause, a very worthwhile cause. We’re hoping that, as we’ve had in the past, [we’ll have] another sold-out audience.”

The Dance Educators’ Showcase runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 and can be purchased online at

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

Trafalgar students build home for sanctuary horse

Grade 8 students collaborated on a project with a local farm sanctuary

Nelson won’t restrict parking amnesty to West Kootenay

So far, more than 800 people have responded with amnesty payments

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Most Read