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Festival students perform Balanchine’s Serenade tonight in the Amphitheater

Festival students perform Balanchine’s Serenade tonight in the Amphitheater

Together, festival students from the School of Music and the School of Dance will “Serenade” audiences at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

Dancers will perform George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” restaged by répétiteur Patricia McBride, North Carolina Dance Theatre associate artistic director.

Musicians will accompany the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, lead by guest conductor Stilian Kirov.

Sunday’s School of Dance Student Gala provides hopeful glimpse into future

Sunday’s School of Dance Student Gala provides hopeful glimpse into future

The audience in the Amphitheater enjoyed a look into the future Sunday afternoon and saw that it is full of excellence and adventure — and that there is hope. The future, we saw, loves beauty and doesn’t shirk from difficulty or from ideas thought impossible.

There is a strong sense of community in this future, foretold by the young dancers gathered to present the Chautauqua Dance Student Gala, a presentation by Chautauqua Festival and Workshop Dancers, under the direction for the past 30 years, of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

A banner on stage, in fact, announced this year of celebration, a legacy looking back upon a “Rich Tradition” and forward to an “Exciting Future,” and Bonnefoux and his Associate Director Maris Battaglia also took opportunity to memorialize contributions of the late Ed Anderson and Margery Gootnik, volunteers with the School of Dance, who were like family.