The hip-hop version of a dance troupe on Cinderella

Dancer Chanelle Smith plays Ella in “The Glass Slipper”

The FRESH Funk dance at the Tuggeranong Arts Center puts a modern hip-hop twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale in its end-of-semester show, “The Glass Slipper.”

Performed by the program’s full cast of more than 250 dancers, ages nine through adult, the production features 52 dance pieces, exciting lighting and visual elements, and action-packed commercial hip-hop choreography.

Fresh Funk director Caroline Wall says their version of this classic story is much broader, reflecting what’s happening today, as many young people are better able to claim their own authenticity, rather than respond to society’s expectations.

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

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

“You’ll be dancing in your seat, to the high-energy, punchy soundtrack featuring artists like Justin Bieber, Camilla Cabello, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran,” Smith said.

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

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Ian Meikle, editor

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