Tonight, the Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra are putting their thumbprint on two of the dance world’s most revered compositions.
At 2 p.m. on a hot Tuesday afternoon, most children in Chautauqua are zipping around the grounds on bikes, swinging from monkey bars at the playground or splashing in the lake at the beach.
Patricia McBride’s mother enrolled her in dance classes when she was 7 years old because she thought she could use a little more grace. She had no way of knowing that her daughter would someday become a world-renowned ballerina.
For those who love the art of dance, the Chautauqua Dance program offers this summer everything from performances by dancers in-residence to lectures on various topics in the world of dance.
The Charlotte Ballet, known formerly as the North Carolina Dance Theatre, will be in residence for the first seven weeks of the Chautauqua season, under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.
Chautauqua School of Dance’s final student gala of the summer is bittersweet. More than two months of intense classes and rehearsals have all led to one final performance. As the students look around the Amphitheater stage on Sunday, they will be surrounded by both old and new friends.
When people ask Megan and Lorraina Boyette what it’s like to be a twin, they usually respond, “Well, I don’t know what it’s like to not be a twin.”
Just as Chautauqua has brought together different art forms this season for The Romeo & Juliet Project, one year ago, Chautauqua brought together North Carolina Dance Theatre dancers Anna Gerberich and Frederick (Pete) Leo Walker II.
In 1964, George Balanchine choreographed Tarantella featuring Patricia McBride, now North Carolina Dance Theatre associate artistic director, as the leading lady.
Almost 50 years later, Patricia McBride will restage Tarantella with NCDT dancers Emily Ramirez and Jordan Leeper performing the abstract pas de deux with tambourines in hand. The piece features music by Louis Gottschalk and arranged by Hershy Kay.
An extraordinary dance teacher doesn’t need to have been an extraordinary dancer, but sometimes that’s just what happens.
Chelsea Dumas once dreamed of becoming a backup dancer for Beyonce Knowles. Although she will always hold on to that dream, Dumas’ aspirations have shifted slightly since discovering ballet.
Dumas joins students from the School of Music and the School of Dance in a showcase at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.