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ArtsFest: BALLROOM DANCE THAT BREAKS GENDER ROLES

Saturday, June 22nd @ 4PM

Tickets: Free

Copp and Jeff Fox met as colleagues during their shared tenure with Fred Astaire’s Canada and remained friends after Copp retired from teaching. They would dance at social occasions where they developed their “playing fair” method of sharing the lead, which caught the eye of a local dramaturge, Lisa O’Connell. Thus began the theatrical collaboration which led to the creation of a full-length Ballroom Dance/Theatre production, “First Dance,” about the development of the first dance for a same-sex wedding. Through building the show they formalized their “Liquid Lead” concept and continue to tour the piece at regional professional theaters, festivals and even as part of an international dance festival in Tirana, Albania. Join us for a TED Talk-style presentation.

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