Dancers from across Canada compete at KCT in Kelowna

The Crystal Classic Grand Championships, the largest dance competition of its kind, is hosting hundreds of dancers from across Canada at the Kelowna Community Theater July 5 through 7.

The audience will see more than 300 routines in genres including hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and full scale production numbers by some of the best choreographers in the country, danced by competition winners from across Canada.

Local dancers are invited to attend a workshop at the Kelowna Community Theater on Friday July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. This will give local dancers of all ages and abilities an equal chance to dance for the Hollywood judges and the opportunity to be scouted by daCosta Talent Agencies. Sign up at www.showtimedancepromotions.com.

This year’s judging panel includes Scott Hislop (actor, dancer and choreographer featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Garett Minniti (dancer, choreographer and Broadway producer) and Melissa Panton (owner of daCosta Talent agency.)

This year’s purse includes two full scholarships to Hollywood California Edge Performing Arts Centre, an agent placement by daCosta Agencies, $10,000 in cash and other prizes as well as national dance scholarships.

The dance finalists will compete on Saturday, July 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theater.

Tickets are available at the door: $5 per day, $12 for an event pass and $10 for the final show on Saturday night. All funds raised will be donated to the Kids Help Phone charity.

Doors open daily at 9 a.m. and run into the late evening.

Stop by the Kelowna Community Theater to pick up a program to see when your favourite dance styles are showing.

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