If you’re ready to dance or looking for a chance to bust out the sequins, then this Saturday the All That Glitters Dance Party at the Traverse Dance and Nightclub is for you.
A fundraiser for the competitive dancers in the Just For Kicks Dance Studio (JFK), the party features music by popular DJ SiFi, aka Simon Hunt, the father of two competitive JFK dancers.
“I jumped at the opportunity to support my daughters in our dance club,” he explains.
Hunt, alongside Pauline Hunt, Michelle Polack, Shawn Fillpachuck, Sheri Zebroff, Debbie Morabito, Erin Russell, Noeline Mostert, and Keri Callahan, are the driving forces behind the fundraiser.
“There are almost 150 dancers at the studio, making JFK the second largest youth organization in Revelstoke after soccer,” explains Polack, whose daughter also dances with JFK. “About one third of those dancers are competitive.”
These competitive dancers have both passion and commitment. For Hunt’s daughters, that means attending around 10 hours a week of class. “Plus weekends when they are practicing for ballet productions such as The Nutcracker or Alice in Wonderland,” says Hunt.
Competitive dancers spend a significant amount of time out of town. The youth spend thirteen days in Penticton/Vernon for competition and head to Vancouver to attend workshops.
“It gets expensive,” says Hunt, “but our community is amazing for support and volunteerism, like Brady Beruschi allowing us to hold the event at the Traverse.”
Polack agrees local support has been key to ensuring the party is a success. “Local businesses have donated 60 items to the silent auction,” she says. “Everything from heli drops and Halcyon Hot Springs Dine and Dip cards to items from local hair salons.”
“All proceeds of the event goes towards out of town expenses including travel and hotels to provide these kids with opportunities they can’t get here locally,” Polack says.
When it comes to the All That Glitters Party, Polack encourages people to have fun and dress up.
“Dress as sparkly as you can find,” she laughs.
Hunt is excited for the All That Glitters Party and happy to support and promote performing arts within the community.
“It’s going to be such a fun event,” he explains. “I love inspiring people to lose their inhibitions on the dance floor and to shake away life’s woes.”
When: Saturday, April 6 from 8pm – 2am
Cost: $20 per ticket or $35 per couple
Tickets available online here.