It's time for dogs to dance again at Bell Performing Arts Centre.
This weekend, the local Paws 2 Dance group will stage Shadows of Eternity, a full-length fantasy/drama set to music and involving indoor kite flyers and dancers.
The show, directed and choreographed by Ray Underwood, promises to be "a grand and colourful fantasy set in ancient Egypt in which a young pharoah is kidnapped by 'shadow creatures' and taken to their tomb world."
Show times at the Surrey theatre are Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
"Although at first glance, canine freestyle and indoor kite flying might appear an usual pairing," the group says on its website, "they are actually highly complementary to each other, and (Paws 2 Dance) is fortunate to have some of the world's best kite flyers involved in this unique and exciting presentation."
It's the second time Paws 2 Dance has staged a show at the Bell. The first, Escape the Darkness, was performed in 2008 after a two-year odyssey of set building, costume making and rehearsals.
According to the "Our History" section of the group's website, the sport of canine musical freestyle originated in the Lower Mainland and is now popular around the world. "In the spring of 1999 Ray
Underwood offered musical freestyle lessons in his obedience studio, Underwoods Dog Obedience," located in Langley. "Several teams signed up for the eight-week course.
Near the end of the course it was decided as a group to form the 'Paws 2 Dance.' The club held its first competition in 2000 under the umbrella of the World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO)."
For show info and tickets, call the Bell box office at 604-507-6355 or visit www. paws2dance.com.
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