A DANCING collaborative show will feature 23 dancers from across the region under the guise of Warrnambool choreographer Shannon Philps.
BEAST is a full-length production featuring a variety of dance styles telling the story of Beauty and the Beast.
Miss Philps said it had been a dream of hers to put together a collaborative narrative show.
"I came up with the idea after seeing multiple shows and I used that inspiration to bring something to Warrnambool we haven't seen before," the 21-year-old said.
"I wanted to bring together dancers from all schools with various talent and styles for a production.
"We had an audition process and were able to gather 23 dancers from Warrnambool and the south-west in the second lockdown."
Interpreting a well-known fairy tale through dance genres including hip hop, commercial, lyrical and pointe, BEAST's production promises to be an exciting, energetic and entertaining experience for the whole family.
Rehearsals for BEAST began in the second Victorian lockdown with the production cast and crew finally able to get together at the start of 2021.
"We were able to rehearse via Zoom with all the kids dancing in their loungerooms," Miss Philps said.
"We mainly choreographed our big pieces which everyone needed to know. There were definitely challenging with people learning things the wrong way which needed to be fixed, but it was great to be able to get the group together for an afternoon to continue dancing."
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This is the first choreographed show for Miss Philps who has been dancing for over 17 years.
"I've danced in Warrnambool through various schools and I became competitive at 14," she said.
"I hope to continue these shows into the future though I'm not sure when the next one will be.
"The kids are amazing and it's great to be able to bring everyone together and build a confident and passionate environment for people to express themselves."
The performance of BEAST will start at 4pm on Saturday with tickets available from the Lighthouse Theatre box office by calling 5559 4999.
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