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Dakin to speak for CDC on 1948 ballet inspired by brutal Borden murder

Americans have been drawn into countless murder trials long before Hollywood made its claim to fame. Perhaps one of the most publicized trials was that of Lizzie Borden, a 32-year-old woman convicted of brutally murdering her parents, a trial so notorious that it inspired a ballet.

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Garrard shares life, legacy of Cecchetti for Dance Circle

Enrico Cecchetti was involved in the dance world from the time of his birth to the final moments before his death — literally. Cecchetti was born in the dressing room of a theater and died from a heart attack while teaching a ballet class.

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Roxana Pop | Staff Photographer“Tango Forte,” choreographed by Sasha Janes

Final dance student gala showcases summer of hard work

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.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerSchool of Dance Workshop II dancers Megan and Lorraina Boyetta, both 14, warm up before their morning class in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio.

Boyette twins find constant support in each other

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.”

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Jeff Cravotta | Photo ProvidedAnna Gerberich and Frederick (Pete) Leo Walker II

‘Western Symphony’ closes NCDT season

Before Week Seven’s focus on “Diplomacy” comes to an end, Chautauqua Dance associate artistic director Mark Diamond will relate diplomacy to Chautauquans in a way no speaker would have attempted.

NCDT dancers will perform Diamond’s “The Decision Maker” to open their final show of the season, which begins at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater. Dancers will be accompanied by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Grant Cooper.

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