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Dance troupe’s hip-hop spin on Cinderella

Dancer Chanelle Smith plays Ella in “The Glass Slipper”

FRESH Funk dance at Tuggeranong Arts Centre is putting a modern hip-hop spin on the classic fairytale Cinderella in its end of semester show, “The Glass Slipper”.

Performed by the program’s full cast of 250+ dancers, aged nine to adult, the production features 52 dance pieces, exciting lighting and visual components and action-packed commercial hip-hop choreography.

Fresh Funk director Caroline Wall, says their version of this classic story is a lot more expansive, reflecting what’s happening today as many young people are more empowered to claim their own authenticity, rather than meet societal expectations.

In “The Glass Slipper,” she says, the female protagonist chooses to follow her own path rather than take on the role of princess, which according to Chanelle Smith who plays Ella, aligns better with the values of young people these days.

“Tracks like ‘Material Girl’ by Madonna speak to the traditional messages the show is challenging, as we continue to break stereotypes and encourage young people to be independent thinkers who follow their dreams,” she says.

“You’ll be dancing along in your seat, to the punchy energetic soundtrack featuring artists such as Justin Bieber, Camilla Cabello, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran,” Smith said.

“The Glass Slipper,” Erindale Theatre, 5pm and 8pm, Sunday, June 19. 

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