Senior Bainbridge Dance Center students Ava Henderson, Julia Edwards and Brielle Kinkead, featured solists in the upcoming student showcase performance. (Laurance Price photo)

Senior Bainbridge Dance Center students Ava Henderson, Julia Edwards and Brielle Kinkead, featured solists in the upcoming student showcase performance. (Laurance Price photo)

Bainbridge Dance Center to stage 37th student showcase

Bainbridge Dance Center will present their 37th annual student performance showcase at Bainbridge Performing Arts Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.

Featured in four performances, dancers aged 4 to 18 will perform short works choreographed by the BDC faculty that demonstrate student artistry and technical skill in ballet, modern, jazz and tap techniques. A celebrated island tradition since 1981, BDC’s annual performances showcase how young dancers develop over the course of their training.

Each performance will feature a new ballet commissioned by New York-based choreographer Christopher Williams for the BDC Advanced Repertory Ballet Program: an original production of “Les Sylphides.”

First choreographed in 1909 by Michel Fokine for the Ballet Russes with music by Frederic Chopin, “Les Sylphides” is a romantic reverie of sylphs dancing in the moonlight with a young poet.

Christopher Williams, dubbed “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” by The New York Times, and “the downtown prodigy” by The New Yorker, is a choreographer, dancer and puppeteer who has made more than 30 original and collaborative movement-based works since 1999.

His work has been presented in the U.S., France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia and Russia.

Founded in 1981, Bainbridge Dance Center is dedicated to providing high-quality dance education focused on cultivating curiosity, generosity, and professionalism. BDC offers classes in creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, pilates and dance composition for children and adults.

Visit online at www.bainbridgedancecenter.com.

The 37th annual student performance is June 28 through June 30, with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, plus Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets, $20 for adults and $16 for students, seniors, and military, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

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