Dance offers hope

Dance offers hope

Artistic directors Tabetha Vagliviello and Fiona Oliver said the pre-Fringe debut Dark Fantasy was their way of making dance culture accessible to more people.

Together, the mother and daughter are the creative minds behind Zahara Dance Company and WA Dance Company in Stafford Road.

The performance for low-income earners took place yesterday at Empyrean Theatre, where the same venue will host the two-hour dance fusion as an official act on the festival program.

Dark Fantasy is an original production about the battle between good and evil that was written by the pair.

They described the show as a gothic ballet that pushed dancers’ boundaries and techniques to present a mix of belly dancing, classical ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz.

Mrs Vagliviello said the main objective was to entertain.

The two not-for-profit companies have many dancers from Perth Hills’ communities and work with community partners Parkville Community Children and Youth Services and Act Belong Commit.

“We constantly foster and promote dance within all sectors of community, including low social-economic families, people with disabilities, indigenous Australians, non-English speakers, seniors and at-risk children and youth,” Mrs Vagliviello said.

The dance schools offer 10 free scholarship programs each year.

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