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Bainbridge Dance Center presents 33rd student recital

Skilled dancers, ages 4 to 18, will perform a variety of styles as part of the Bainbridge Dance Center’s 33rd Annual Student Performances at Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28.  - Image courtesy of Sally Noedel
Skilled dancers, ages 4 to 18, will perform a variety of styles as part of the Bainbridge Dance Center’s 33rd Annual Student Performances at Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28.
— image credit: Image courtesy of Sally Noedel

Skilled dancers, ages 4 to 18 will perform a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz and tap as part of the Bainbridge Dance Center’s 33rd Annual Student Performances at Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28.

A special performance by the Advanced Ballet Repertory dancers of “The Sleeping Beauty Suite” will accompany the student performances.

The Advanced Tap and Advanced Modern Repertory dancers will perform three other significant pieces of choreography which have been acquired for the inclusion in these performances. First, is “Rainbow Etude” choreographed by Donald McKayle, which was based on his work “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” (1959). Premiering first in 1996, this historical work has been provided to BDC through the American Dance Legacy Institute and restaged through Labanotation by BDC faculty member Karena Birk.

Also, tap teacher Laura Peterson took the Intermediate and Advanced tap students back to the days of the old-school “hoofers” by teaching them classical work by Buster Brown and The Original Copasetics. The Original Copasetics formed in 1949 after the death of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and were a collective of tap dancers or “hoofers” of the era.

The dance center’s students will be performing “The Copasetics Chair Dance,” which is part of the Copasetics’ legacy.

Lastly, 11 of BDC’s Advanced Modern Repertory dancers participated in a week-long intensive workshop with Bainbridge Island native Patrick Kilbane (Northwest Dance Project), which resulted in a beautiful representation of today’s contemporary dance. This piece will be performed in the evening performances, Tuesday though Saturday.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, with a special 2 p.m. performance Saturday as well. Tickets are available at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. The cost is $17 per person, $13 for senior, youth, student, military and teacher tickets.

 

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