Family Entertainment Series

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet closes 2013 FES

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet closes 2013 FES

Part of the excitement of hosting the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is that after the performance, all of the kids in the audience try their hardest to relevé and pirouette. Holding tight onto a parent’s hand for support — each hoping, even if just for one night, to be the next prima ballerina.

Closing this season’s Family Entertainment Series, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. This marks the ballet company’s eighth performance at Chautauqua Institution.

“I just think it’s a beautiful art form — dance, ballet,” said Monika Alch, CRYB artistic director. “I think that everybody can enjoy it if they understand ballet, or [if] they don’t.”

FES features furry four-legged friends

FES features furry four-legged friends

It takes about one month to teach a dog how to jump rope.

It might take a little longer to get the animal to walk a tightrope or to balance on a broom.

Johnny Peers brings his traveling, canine-centric comedy act “Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix” to Smith Wilkes Hall today at 5 and 7 p.m. as part of the Family Entertainment Series, marking his first time at Chautauqua Institution.

CRYB brings youth to classical moves

CRYB brings youth to classical moves

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet brings youth back to classical dance. Their classical dancers range from children to pre-professional, and the school reminds audiences of the values and beauty of classical dance.

“It’s important for our mission to keep classical dance vibrant and to expose children to classical dance,” said Elizabeth Bush, CRYB’s executive director. “It’s nice to show younger children classical dance performed by children and teenagers.”

CRYB takes the stage at 7 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as part of the Family Entertainment Series.