Despite a disruptive flood at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre that’s closed the curtains on the theatre’s main stage since last month, the show is on for an upcoming performance at a different location.
Karima Essa’s Body Positive Bollywood Dance Show takes place Sunday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Priest Valley Gym in the Greater Vernon Recreation Centre.
Since age four, Essa has been gracing stages in dance competitions, events and most recently on OMNI TV’s Bollywood Star reality show. When she hit puberty at age 11, her body unwittingly became a blank canvas on which people could project their admiration or judgement. She grew up thinking she needed to be a size zero, however, she has since grown to love her new, beautiful body.
Essa first entertained audiences at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre last March during the inaugural North Okanagan Children’s Festival.
“She had the whole audience on their feet and beaming with joy, kids and parents alike,” said Performing Arts Centre artistic director Erin Kennedy. “We are thrilled to have Karima back for another accessible and inclusive workshop-style show.”