KELOWNA – A local singer from West Kelowna may be your chance to meet and learn from some of the professional performers featured on the hit reality dance competition Dancing with the Stars.
Kelly Margaret Derrickson co-owns a company with Robert Cooper called Dance Fuzion that gives fans a chance to meet and be taught by the men and women of the popular TV show, which wrapped up it’s 20th season this week.
Derrickson’s business partners are the third-place winner from this past season, Sharna Burgess, and her husband Paul Kirkland. Burgess was paired with Noah Galloway, an American soldier who lost an arm and a leg to a roadside bomb in 2005.
“Sharna is a great gal,” Derrickson says. “She’s so down to earth and a total pro.”
Dance Fuzion is a three-day meet and greet event that gives people from all walks of life a chance to learn from, and mingle, with some of the best choreographers and celebrity dancers in the world. The event features many of the talents seen on the show such as Derek Hough, Paul Kirkland, Chelsea Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, Sabrina Bryan, Julz Tocker, Anya Garnis, Tony Dovolani, Randi Lynn Strong, Johnathan Platero and Oksana Dmytrenko. And of course Burgess.
“I’ve met all of them,” Derrickson, who will also be performing at the Las Vegas event in August, says. “The great thing about Dance Fuzion is that everyone gets one on one time with these stars. You get to go bowling with them and at the end there is a gourmet dinner at Red Rock Casino. It's going to be great."
Whether you want to learn ballroom, broadway, commercial, hip hop, country or classical styles of dance, Dance Fuzion will feature classes specifically tailored to your ability.
"It's for eveyone from beginners to people who have taken lessons," she says. "There are junior classes all the way up to seniors. They love it too."
The next event is in Las Vegas on Aug. 14 but Derrickson says after their US tour they will bring the party to Canada. She would love for the Canadian tour to include a stop in her hometown of Kelowna but says it’s too early to tell if that will happen.
“It depends on the amount of interest and if we can get the right venue or not,” she says. “If we can’t make it work in Kelowna then definitely Vancouver and Calgary.”
For more information or for tickets to any of their events, visit the Dance Fuzion website.
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