Glenwood Dance Academy’s Danse Arts Theatre to debut
About 150 local dancers will join the new Danse Arts Theatre Company on Friday and Saturday for Glenwood Dance Academy’s first spring performance.
“It’s a really exciting moment for us,” said DeAnna Anderson, Glenwood Dance Academy’s ballet mistress. “We’ve come a long way since we officially opened our doors in November.”
The weekend will consist of two evening performances and a Saturday matinee. The evening performances will premiere principals from the Danse Arts Theatre Company. The professional dance academy’s more advanced students’ work in traditional ballet classics such as “Les Sylphides,” a jazz tribute to Ray Charles, a modern ballet piece dedicated to breast cancer survivors, plus belly dancing, tap, modern, hip-hop and tango.
The Saturday matinee showcases the children’s section of the dance program and will also include more advanced dancers in a funky “Can’t Stop the Beat” piece, plus excerpts from “Swan Lake.”
In addition to the dance academy’s students, principal dancers from the debuting Danse Arts Theatre Company will perform lead roles throughout both the matinee and evening shows.
“Developing a professional dance company in the Roaring Fork Valley will bring dance to a higher level,” said Claire Evans, Glenwood Dance Academy co-owner and an artistic director for Danse Arts. “As our students continue to develop, this company will hopefully provide them a venue to experience a professional dance career in the community they have grown up in.”
Evans and Anderson opened the Glenwood Dance Academy in 2004. The school offers more than 30 classes each week in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, break dancing and belly dancing.
The Danse Arts Theatre Company is a nonprofit entity whose mission is “to develop a professional dance company of local dancers who will enrich the community by making all forms of dance accessible, entertaining and educational.”
Ticket prices for Friday and Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. shows are $15 for adults, $12 for children younger than 12. Tickets for the 1 p.m. Saturday matinee are $12 for adults, $10 for children younger than 12. All performances are in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.
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