Dancing With the Stars: Tahoe Youth Ballet to perform with professionals in Tahoe City | SierraSun.com

Dancing With the Stars: Tahoe Youth Ballet to perform with professionals in Tahoe City

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Tahoe Youth Ballet will present its second performance featuring local and guest artists in its Spring Season, March 19 and 20, 7 p.m., North Tahoe High School Theater, 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City.

The program will feature guest artist Stephen Straub of Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with six of Tahoe’s finest young dancers. Works presented include ballets by Artistic Director Christin Hanna in addition to Royal Danish Ballet’s Constantine Baecher, former New York City Ballet dancer Deborah Wingert and Madame Peff Modelski.

The program in March will feature four ballets. Straub and the entire company of dancers will open the program in Deborah Wingert’s and#8220;La Derniere Valse,and#8221; a world premiere to the romantic music of Maurice Ravel. Peff Modelski’s and#8220;Celebration Tarantellaand#8221; is a lively dance for three ladies to an excerpt from Ottorino Respighi’s and#8220;La Boutique Fantasque.and#8221; In the evening’s second world premiere, Artistic Director Christin Hanna choreographed and#8220;Maturescenceand#8221; to the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

and#8220;I met Mr. Lang in 2007 when he attended a New Chamber Ballet performance that included a piece to one of his works; I had never before met someone who had created the music I was about to dance to,and#8221; said Hanna. and#8220;He was so humble and after meeting him I felt his music had even more personality than I had before and#8212; I can’t say that I feel that way about a lot of contemporary composers. It’s an honor to create new steps for these young dancers to his music.and#8221;

Another highlight of the program is guest choreographer Constantine Baecher’s ballet and#8220;Viduity,and#8221; set to music by Leos Janacek. Hanna staged this work for TYB since she appeared in the original cast when the ballet was created. The New York Times wrote, and#8220;… the work for four women used an enigmatic language of gesture and authoritative spatial arrangements to create a sophisticated, moving meditation on griefand#8221; when the work premiered in 2007.

Tahoe Youth Ballet premiered last June to a standing ovation and rave reviews. Following the company debut, TYB was named a beneficiary of Wolfdale’s 13th Annual Bud Davis Memorial Abalone Dinner, which raised funds for this year’s spring performance. The company also hosted workshops, master classes, open rehearsals, and Meet the Artist events with visiting choreographers, dancers and teachers. The company made its new home in the Cobblestone Center in September, rehearsing for the upcoming season.

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Tahoe Youth Ballet’s goal is to team up young, emerging dancers with experienced professionals for engaging evenings of classical and contemporary ballet. The company is comprised of six local dancers between the ages of 14 and 18: Sierra Barter, Michelle Cahill, Keegan Harrig, Camille Joubert, Katie Mowris and Sierra Walsh led by Artistic Director Christin Hanna.

This year’s guest artist, Stephen Straub, appeared in a Meet the Artists event with Ms. Wingert in January. Straub’s experience in both the classical and contemporary ballet world will be represented in and#8220;La Derniere Valseand#8221; and Hanna’s and#8220;Maturescence.and#8221;

Hanna is a native of Lake Tahoe. She has performed with an array of ballet companies throughout the United States including Nevada Festival Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet NY, Cincinnati Ballet, and most prominently, Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet. As a member of that company since its inception in 2004, Hanna performed in the company’s seasons at New York’s City Center Studios as well as touring to Philadelphia, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Cologne, Germany. The New York Times’ Roslyn Sulcas called her farewell performance with the company and#8220;a touching scene of tears, cheers, hugs and bouquets… a testament to Ms. Hanna’s fine dancing.and#8221;

Upon returning to Lake Tahoe, Hanna founded Tahoe Youth Ballet with the goal to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of the region by giving young, local dancers and dance students an opportunity to collaborate with professional dancers, choreographers and master teachers from around the country as part of a professional company.

Tickets: General admission. Adults $20, students and seniors $10.

Reservations: Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.tahoeyouthballet.com, or (800) 838-3006.

For information: Christin Hanna at Tahoe Youth Ballet, (530) 613-4363 or christin@tahoeyouthballet.com.