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Dino dancers debut at Bonedale Ballet

With a title like “Dancers and Dinosaurs,” you may not know what to expect from Coordination Studios and Bonedale Ballet’s spring dance performance.

“It’s an opportunity to take two seemingly incongruous things and make sense out of them,” said co-owner Anthony Jerkunica. “It’s not just for kids. It tackles some universal themes of strife and reconciliation.”

This performance takes place June 4 at 2 and 7 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m., and involves more than 50 dancers from ages 2-70. A “dinosaur morality play,” it tells the story of group of hatchlings and their family’s conflict with the “Ninjasaurs.” In addition to classical ballet, it incorporates tap, creative dance, martial arts, a mural by a local artist and a compiled score of music by Shostakovich, Wagner, Prokofiev, Debussy, and even Glenn Miller.

Jerkunica attributes the higher production value to increasing community support.

“People are starting to believe in us,” he said.

He sees dinosaurs as a bit of dichotomy themselves, as they’re objects of both fear and fascination, particularly for kids.

“Dinosaurs can be your worst enemy or your best friend,” he said.

It’s also accessible to their younger students.

“We’re not sidelining our kids. We’re asking them to be part of the storytelling,” Jerkunica said. Movement is a simple way to tell a story that gives the audience an opportunity to read into it.”

“It’s sort of demystifying ballet,” he added. “It doesn’t have to be so serious. There are some really well-trained dancers doing great things, and there’s also plenty of cute kids.”

For more information or to sign up for classes, visit bonedaleballet.com.


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