Dance show looks into the future, at Broadway, too |

Dance show looks into the future, at Broadway, too

Staff reports

The Academy of Dance Arts will present its fourth annual spring concert, “Ballet of the Cosmos and Broadway Comes to Tahoe” May 30 and 31 in the Grande Lake Theatre at the Horizon Hotel and Casino at South Lake Tahoe.

Both shows will begin at 2 p.m, said owner and director Kelly O’Fallon.

“‘Ballet of the Cosmos’ is very different from the ballet the students performed last year called ‘A Prairie Ballet.’ It was about the early West,” she said. “This year’s ballet is much more futuristic, with very contemporary music and choreography.”

Last year the stage featured a covered wagon and Native American teepee. This year, the students leap forward to the future, complete with space travelers interacting with all the planets in the solar system.

“The hundreds of hours spent on music and choreography are always worth it when the final project is achieved at our spring concert every year,” she said. “There is a very big commitment made by students and parents at both the Gardnerville Ranchos studio location and the Tahoe Keys Marina studio location. It is extremely encouraging to see, on a weekly basis, such dedication and pride from all the students”

She said her dancers are all talented and versatile and understand why, in order to become a professional dancer, it is important to have a strong ballet background.

“Which lead us to the second half of the show, ‘Broadway Comes to Tahoe,'” O’Fallon said. “Many of the students in the ballet also study jazz and tap. Their versatility is well tested this year in bringing to life all the different scenes and characters of some of the famous Broadway musicals.”

Scenes from “Hello, Dolly,” “Annie,” Oliver,” “Grease,” “Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk” and “A Chorus Line,” to name a few, will be seen in the show.

“You can’t help but hum along to the familiar toe-tapping tune of ‘Singing in the Rain’ and want to kick off your shoes and join in in ‘West Side Story’s’ ‘Dance at the gym,'” O’Fallon said.

Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $5 for students and seniors and $7.50 for adults. For more information, call 265-1009.

Left to right are, front row, Samantha Cobb, Alysha Manke, Melissa Mazy and Jillian Brune; back row, Kristin Cobb, Allyx Chavez and Allyson Vogl. Academy of Dance Arts photo

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