A regional roundup of talent
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Delci Syvertson is only 17, but she’s already been studying ballet for six years. At 18, Henry Winslow has a year more under his pointe shoes. But the two dancers have more than that in common. Both are high school seniors studying at Whatcom Community College through Running Start, as well as performers in the Portland Ballet’s Spring Concert happening May 26-27 at Portland State University. It’s understandable if you can’t make it to Oregon this weekend to see what the duo have learned at the ballet company’s Career Track program for pre-professionals who want to pursue a dance career, but keep an eye out locally for Syvertson and Winslow, as they’re obviously going places. Info: http://www.theportlandballet.org
Closer to home, Northwest Ballet Theater presents showings of Alice in Wonderland Fri.-Sat., June 3-4 at the Mount Baker Theatre. The original ballet by choreographer John Bishop was first presented last spring, and is now making a triumphant return to the stage. Hailey Forsberg, 21, plays the title role, and is joined by more than 40 cast members, a canny crew and special effects sure to send you straight down the rabbit hole. Info: http://www.northwestballet.org
The following weekend, make your way over the border for Vancouver Coastal City Ballet’s rendition of Giselle happening Fri., June 9 at the Surrey Arts Centre. In addition to showing off its emerging company of dancers from around the world, audiences can also see Bellingham resident Mary From share her moves. From commutes to Vancouver for rehearsals on a regular basis, and would appreciate the hometown support. Info: http://www.coastalcityballet.com
Ballet is also one of the dance forms that will be highlighted that same weekend at Harper & I’s production of “Seasons” June 9-10 back at the Mount Baker Theatre. Additionally, audiences can expect to see contemporary moves, hip-hop, jazz and tap on the lineup. The nighttime shows celebrate the company’s sixth birthday, and feature dancers of all ages who have been working diligently to perfect original choreography by Harper & I’s faculty, as well as that of guest instructors. Info: http://www.harperandi.com
The following night—Sun., June 11—one of the most adored stories of all time comes to life at Ballet Bellingham’s production of Cinderella, also at the Mount Baker Theatre. Astounding costumes, graceful choreography and a touch of humor will make appearances during the viewing of the rags-to-riches fairytale, so plan your life accordingly. “We wanted our production of Cinderella to be entertaining and enchanting for audiences of all ages,” artistic director Jessica Crook says. “Watching these dancers bring this story to life has been a joy.” Info: http://www.balletbellingham.com
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