Dancing Wheels Company & School cites one simple thought as the philosophy upon which it was built: “If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities.”
George Balanchine is like ballet royalty. Mention his name to any dance buff, and they’re likely to spout off about the New York City Ballet, the musicality and complexity of his choreography, or perhaps — if they’re a Chautauquan — his influence on Chautauqua’s own School of Dance. Yet those very same people probably wouldn’t be able to detail the Balanchine that came before all the fame and success.
In 1946, acclaimed ballet choreographer George Balanchine found himself with a bit of spare pocket change. After weighing the potential of his possible expenditures, he approached composer Paul Hindemith and asked him to write a chamber score for the piano and strings. One month and $500 later, the celebrated ballet called “The Four Temperaments” was born, a perfect union of Hindemith’s scoring and Balanchine’s choreography.
The lighthearted humor of the Terrie Haucks’ first meeting with her husband, and the warmth and affection with which Terrie now recalls it, are all emotions that translated into their long marriage. These are emotions that Terrie hopes are evoked in the Charlotte Ballet’s performance this evening, a ballet which she commissioned in Jimmy’s honor.
This weekend marks the last opportunity for the community to enjoy the talents of Chautauqua’s student dancers before their season concludes. The second annual Student Gala, which features both workshop and festival students, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.
All summer long, studios and stages throughout Chautauqua Institution have been graced by dancers moving through professional choreography.
Dancers don’t always have to be romantically invested in their partners to create a beautiful ballet pairing. But according to Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker, principal dancers of the Charlotte Ballet and real-life power couple, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, audiences will have the chance to witness the Charlotte Ballet push dance into an area of creative discomfort. The company hopes that they will metamorphose into the unexpected and the enlightened.
The Charlotte Ballet performed its annual “Evening of Pas de Deux” Wednesday in the Amphitheater. The program included 11 dances.
Chautauqua Dance Associate Artistic Director Mark Diamond created three choreographies for the Go West! production. Diamond explains how the three dance pieces fit into the story of Go West!