The adventures of Alice through ballet |

The adventures of Alice through ballet

Sean Johnson
Post Independent Intern
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Off with her head!

The chance to watch the epic tale of “Alice in Wonderland” through ballet dance is coming this weekend, starting tonight. The performance will follow all of the highlights of the story. Numerous jazz and tap dance pieces will allow the audience to follow Alice as she travels through her unforgettable world of wonderland.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday night, with matinee showings at 2 p.m. June 6 and 7. The June 7 performance will include the Glenwood Dance Academy students and is free of charge for the local nursing home, assisted living, and Mountain Valley Developmental Services audience members.

The show will be hosted at Glenwood Springs High School. For patrons 16 and under and senior citizens the ticket price is $10; for everyone else the price will be $20.

Four local headline performers will show the colorful world of Alice. This performance is revised from the Danse Arts Theater Company version, where it was originally performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen in May 2007.

The four principle dancers – Brianne Jones, Addie Tapp, Nicole Zinn and Hannah Zon – will perform various ballet pieces from the original production. The four range in age from 12 to 14 and take dance classes two to three times a day.

“They have certainly reached the level of proficiency that warrants featuring them as the headliners in this performance,” Artistic Director and Owner of the academy DeAnna Anderson said. “They are absolutely awesome. This is their passion and this is what they want to do with their lives. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and the community should be also.”

The four will continue their extensive training this summer with dance intensive classes at Kirov Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.

All the dance numbers will show Alice falling through the rabbit hole, encountering the Mad Hater, and the Queen of Hearts. Dancing while fighting pirates and playing the old fashioned game of croquet.

Anderson laughed about wanting people to see the type of environment she grew up in the 1960s. She stated they are sticking to the story and will have an intricate pirate fight scene that is choreographed.

“It’s not just tutus,” Anderson said. “It’s a fun performance for the whole family.”

Casey Beauchamp, who has become a local favorite hip-hop dancer, will also be featured in the performance. He will continue on this summer to teach the academy summer dance intensive.

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