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Dance Academy students, graduates and dads in “Peter Pan”

Dance Academy students, graduates and dads in “Peter Pan”

More than 100 artists from the Vashon Dance Academy (VDA) complete the cast of “Peter Pan”.

This weekend, dance! Vashon will present ‘Peter Pan’, featuring dancers from the Vashon Dance Academy, from preschoolers to ‘dance dads’, near graduates and even Academy alumni who will take turns performing on stage.

More than 100 artists from the Vashon Dance Academy (VDA) round out the cast, with seniors Lisee Crayton, Lila Perez, Isa Sanson-Frey and Amelia Spence hosting the show. Sanson-Frey will dance the lead roles of Peter Pan and Tink, which she will share with Lorien Buffington and Isabella Peani. Spence will dance the lead role of Hook, with Gerritt van Roekel. Crayton will share the role of Wendy with Marina Gill, and Perez will dance Tiger Lily, with Kate Spranger.

Other Academy dancers will fill roles as varied as baby crocodiles, young teddy bears and a rainforest that comes to life. Artistic director Cheryl Krown said this group of dancers is particularly suited to such a “giant adventure, as it covers so many styles of dance and music along the way”.

She also said that she and assistant art director Julie Gibson filled the production with “sword fights, pirates, battles and near-escapes, which are sure to captivate all those brothers, cousins ​​and supportive neighbors sitting in the audience”.

As audiences have come to expect from VDA performances, a group of dancing dads are currently hard at work learning choreography that never fails to elicit big laughs, Krown said. Many other parent volunteers contributed to the production’s set design, costumes and lighting.

The show will bow out at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at Vashon High School. Additional shows are at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

Advance tickets are available in the Vashon Dance Academy lobby as well as at the Burton Coffee Stand. They will also be sold at the door, if available.