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Hot flamenco dancing from a Snow Queen at Granville Island

Flamenco might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking of snowy, winter-themed productions.

But taking southern Spain’s sizzling, sexy rhythmic dance and setting it against a backdrop of icy goodness is, in the eternal words of Paris Hilton, “kind of hot.”

Enter the Karen Flamenco Company and Snow Queen, the famed fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen first published in 1845.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here it is in a nutshell: An evil troll makes a magic mirror that distorts the appearance of what it reflects — magnifying only the bad and ugly things so they appear even worse than reality.

Sounds like a regular mirror to me. But I digress.

A young boy subsequently falls under the nefarious goblin’s spell and becomes a captive of the Snow Queen, and his friend Gerda must rescue him with the help of a group of very eclectic friends.

Joining the Karen Flamenco Company will be a cast of classical Spanish and traditional flamenco musicians.

Snow Queen heats up tomorrow (8 p.m.) and Saturday (3 and 8 p.m.) at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St.)

Tickets: $45. Visit for more information.

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