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Exciting show for Children's Showcase in Summerland

Jacky Essombe will be performing at the Children
Jacky Essombe will be performing at the Children's Showcase on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland.
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Jacky Essombe brings an energetic and exciting celebration of African music, dance and culture to the Children's Showcase in Summerland this weekend.

Born in Cameroon, Essombe grew up in France and now makes her home in Vancouver. Passionate about sharing her love of dance and storytelling, she has toured in Canada, the United States and Europe with a variety of other artists, and always encourages audience participation.

If you cannot go to Africa, Africa will come to you in this joyful and inspiring performance.

"I dance because of the way it makes me feel. I do not perform to impress, but to touch people, at their core. To inspire them. To share the beauty of  life, of Africa," said Essombe.

As a cultural liaison and enthusiastic ambassador for the African culture, Essombe has appeared on television and radio in both Canada and France. From 2006 to 2007 she was the host of a weekly television show on the French CBC TV channel called A la Carte.

The Children's Showcase is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to making quality live performances accessible to Okanagan families for 30 years.

This show is suitable for ages three and up. The performance is Sunday, Jan. 27 and 2 p.m. at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. Tickets are $12 at the door. The Children's Showcase final performance of the season will be on March 3 with Flyin' Bob at the Cleland Community Theatre in Penticton.

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