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Dance sweet: Show combines chocolate and movement

Sweet moves: The dancing chocalatiers of Chocolate Dances will bring their combination tasting and performance to Greenpoint on Oct. 11 and 14.
Sasha Santiago

Call it the dance of the sugar fairies!

Chocolate lovers can see the sweet stuff and eat it too during two interactive food-infused dance shows happening Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 in Greenpoint. Chocolate Dances, a Queens chocolate-making dance company invites sweet fiends to join “The Chocolate Dances’ Costume Party Tasting Performance,” where the audience can bite down on homemade truffles while watching the tasty show unfold, a act that brings the audience into the action, according to the company’s chocolatier and choreographer.

“The audience is actually served chocolate throughout the show in various forms, from raw cacao bits, to chocolate in bar form, to chocolate truffles I hand-make myself,” said Megan Sipe, who lives in Manhattan. “Chocolate has this really amazing quality that makes it really easy for the audience to interact with the performances.”

The interactive performance starts off with the audience joining a “Chocolate Anonymous” meeting where everyone reveals their secret chocolate urges — but soon everyone goes cuckoo for cocoa, and by the time curtains close, it has turned into a wild, messy dance party, said Sipe.

“By the end of the show it turns into this dance party — everyone is involved. There is one part in the show where we have a dancer dancing in liquid chocolate,” she said. “We’re making the audience’s fantasies come true — whatever they share earlier in the show we try to make happen.”

The various chocolates flavors are paired with the movement happening on the stage, with bold flavors paired with forceful movements, and the taste of a champagne-infused truffle echoed by a flowing party, said Sipe.

“We have a dance that is very liquid, as you’re enjoying this chocolate melt in your mouth, and it’s bold, has a lot of force, but also has this very soft texture — the dance embodies that,” she said. “We create this elaborate party, create all this stuff through storytelling and using our bodies to create this idea of a champagne fountain and synchronized swimmers — while the audience is eating these champagne truffles.”

Chocolate Dances’ Costume Party Tasting Performance at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St. at Banker Street in Greenpoint, www.chocolatedances.com). Oct. 11 and 14 at 8 pm. $35 ($30 in advance).

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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