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Bainbridge Ballet to host Spring Recital student dance showcase

Styles featured in the Bainbridge Ballet Spring Recital showcase include classical ballet, hip-hop and more.    - Ted Leung photo
Styles featured in the Bainbridge Ballet Spring Recital showcase include classical ballet, hip-hop and more.
— image credit: Ted Leung photo

Now you truly can have it all.

Performances in the upcoming Bainbridge Ballet student Spring Recital showcase will run the gamut from classical to modern dance.

“All levels of students, ages 4 to 18, will be performing a variety of dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary to classical ballet,” said ballet volunteer and spokeswoman Amy Collis. “The costumes and music are fantastic and make for a fun two hours of dance.”

The recital will run for three days only at Bainbridge Performing Arts, with performances at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, at 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

“It’s our annual recital,” said Sara Cramer, Bainbridge Ballet owner/lead instructor. “Every student over the age of 4 performs in it. We have around 185 students right now. I’d say it’s one of the largest children’s productions in the area.”

Having first been organized in 2006, the recital has since became a Bainbridge Ballet tradition, Cramer said.

“Everything is included,” she explained.

“Every class is taught a piece for the recital. I just limit the teachers to only so many minutes for specific age groups.”

Cramer said that the younger student performances are thus shorter than the older dancers, but every student and every type of dance is featured in the showcase.

“Every single class has a performance,” she said. “We also have a competition team, and their pieces will be featured in the recital.”

Also included in the performance will be modern dance, contemporary and hip-hop, which Cramer said she believes most people do not know the island ballet school teaches.

“I think I’m one of the few schools in the area that offers hip-hop,” she said. “I think that a lot of people don’t really know what [contemporary dance] is. I’d describe it as a mix of ballet and modern dance, with some acrobatics in it.”

Tickets for the showcase recital are on sale now, the cost is $20 per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.bainbridgeballet.com, call 206-842-1205 or email info@bainbridgeballet.com.

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