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Celine Dion left 'saddened' by Vegas residency dancer's death: 'Incredible performer'

The Canadian singer paid tribute to a dancer she performed with during her "A New Day..." Las Vegas residency.

Celine Dion is paying tribute to a French dancer whom she performed with in Las Vegas. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Celine Dion is paying tribute to a French dancer whom she performed with in Las Vegas. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Celine Dion is paying her respects.

The Canadian singer, 55, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a rare touching tribute to a dancer she performed with during her "A New Day..." residency in Las Vegas.

In her post, which included three on-stage photos from the 2003 to 2007 tour, the "My Heart Will Go On" vocalist opened up about French dancer Jean-Christophe Dasse, noting she was "very saddened" to hear about his death.

"We also knew him as Titof, an incredible performer with whom I had the privilege to share the stage for five years during 'A New Day…,'" Dion wrote in the caption to her tribute. "Each night he brought us so much joy, light and positivity. My most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Thank you so much, Titof, I love you."

Fans expressed their sympathy in the comments of Dion's tribute, with many sharing their own experiences off watching Dasse perform.

"Very sad!! I've watched the Vegas show video at least 50 times. So sad to hear of his passing," a fan shared.

"Oh my, he was brilliant in your show. Watched many times on DVD. Sending lots of love," another wrote.

"So sad. He was so full of energy and spark in the show. Such a talented group you all were," one person penned.

"Oh, what a wonderful talent. Condolences on losing Titof too young," someone added.

"Thank you for your beautiful words. Last dance class with him, he let me 'perform' on your song 'I'm Alive.' It was so joyful. Will miss him so hard. He always talked about you with such great love and respect," someone else replied.

Dion's first Las Vegas residency,
Dion's first Las Vegas residency, "A New Day...," ran from 2003 to 2007. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for AEG Live/Concerts West)

Set at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, "A New Day..." was Dion's first Las Vegas residency, which supported her 2002 seventh English studio album, "A New Day Has Come."

While the residency was initially set to last only three years, it was eventually extended and ran from March 25, 2003 to Dec. 15, 2007.

Over the course of 717 shows, the residency — which remains the most successful of all time — grossed nearly USD $400 million (CAD $551 million). More than 2.8 million tickets were sold.

More than 2.8 million tickets were sold for Dion's
More than 2.8 million tickets were sold for Dion's "A New Day..." residency, which grossed nearly USD $400 million during its run. (Photo courtesy of Tomasz Rossa/? CDA Productions (Las Vegas) Inc, 2003 via Getty Images)

While Dion handles the tragic loss, things might be looking up for the artist. Even though she opened up about having Stiff Person Syndrome late last year, which forced the cancellation of her Courage World Tour, Dion was recently seen in high spirits in a couple of rare public appearances.

Last week, she and her sons attended a hockey game in Las Vegas between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena. Dion also watched the finale of Katy Perry's residency at Resorts World Theatre that Saturday.

In September, the "Power of Love" singer's sister, Claudette Dion, opened up about how Celine is "doing everything to recover" and that "she's a strong woman.

"There are spasms — they're impossible to control. You know people often jump up in the night because of a cramp in the leg or the calf? It's a bit like that, but in all muscles," Claudette shared.

"There's little we can do to support her, to alleviate her pain."

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