Earl Marriott grads pose during a dance practice for their upcoming fashion show.

Earl Marriott grads pose during a dance practice for their upcoming fashion show.

Fusion fundraiser showcases cultures at EMS

Cultural dances to be highlight of annual fashion show benefitting dry grad

Tickets to Earl Marriott Secondary’s annual grad fashion show are now up for grabs.

Dubbed ‘Grad Wishes’, organizers say the Arabian-nights themed show features unprecedented participation by the grads, with more than 90 playing a role.

“It’s the first time ever we’ve had so much participation from the grads,” said Nirma Desai.

The event, set this year for March 6, has been an annual tradition for about 15 years. It is a key fundraiser for the students’ dry-grad celebrations.

This year, dances Desai describes as “Persian/Bollywood” fusion are highlights of the evening.

“A little bit of drama, a little bit of dance and then the fashion show,” she said.

A number of students are rehearsing routines weekly under the guidance of Shaimuk Bollywood dancer Priya Pranjivan, she said, noting Pranjivan is volunteering her time to the effort.

In addition to the display of local merchants’ fashions, the evening is to include a silent auction, 50/50 draw, concession and door prizes.

Doors open at 6 p.m., the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets – $15 in advance, $20 at the door – are available at the school (15751 16 Ave.) or through Desai, at 778-896-3548.