Canadian singer Celine Dion will move to Belgium -- not for the waffles or the beer -- but to rehearse for her forthcoming return to the stage after two years off. In an interview with Belgian televis

Canadian singer Celine Dion will move to Belgium -- not for the waffles or the beer -- but to rehearse for her forthcoming return to the stage after two years off. In an interview with Belgian television, Dion said she would be moving to La Louviere, a gritty steel town of 76,000 located 30 miles south of Brussels, for three months.

Beginning next March, Dion is to appear at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to headline an exclusive show co-produced by Franco Dragone, who directed both of Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas productions -- "O" and "Mystere." She is moving to Belgium so she can work with Dragone, who is putting the show together at his home, also in La Louviere.

"We found a small house there, that will be our home for three months," Dion said. "I can't wait." The 34-year-old performer said she'll move into the house sometime this fall. "Every morning I will go with Franco to rehearse and will return home evenings," she added.

As previously reported, the Las Vegas show is scheduled to run 200 nights per year for three years. Caesar's Palace has constructed a 4,000-seat venue designed like the Roman Coliseum especially for the production.

Dion's latest Epic album, "A New Day Has Come," debuted last week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The set posted the year's highest first week sales total for any release after moving 558,000 copies.


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