Performing poodles take the spotlight in ‘An American in Paris’
Dancing in the ballet is nothing new for dogs in Sandy Miller’s family.
Miller, who is on the Chautauqua Women’s Club board of directors, saw on the “Grapevine,” a online community bulletin board, that Chautauqua Dance was looking for poodles to appear in Mark Diamond’s ballet, An American in Paris. She jumped at the opportunity.
After all, it was her poodles Molly and Archie who appeared in the 1998 premiere of the piece in Chautauqua.
Miller contacted the Chautauqua Dance office, reminding them of Molly and Archie’s participation years ago. It didn’t take long for Diamond to reply. He said it would be great if the dogs could perform.
Annie, a two-year-old chocolate toy poodle, and Charlie, a seven-month-old black toy poodle, will make their stage debut in the ballet tonight.