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Drink it in: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre makes Chautauqua debut with three different ballet styles

Drink it in: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre makes Chautauqua debut with three different ballet styles

At 8:15 p.m. tonight, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will end its summer season with three distinct pieces on the Amphitheater stage. This is the company’s first time performing at Chautauqua Institution.

Though the three works the company is performing tonight are not new, combining the three in the same show provides an innovative and eclectic mix of ballet; each dance is drastically different in period and style from the others.

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.”

Dancers meditate on ‘captivity and redemption’

Dancers meditate on ‘captivity and redemption’

Imagine dancing in front of a sold-out crowd after losing both your ability to hear and to see.

Anna Gerberich, a North Carolina Dance Theatre dancer, is attempting to channel such a performance.

While Gerberich possesses all of her own senses, she will take on the role of Helen Keller in a new piece choreographed by Mark Diamond, Chautauqua Dance’s associate artistic director. The soft-shoe piece, titled “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” is one of six works to be performed at the annual Chautauqua Dance Salon at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

Photos: Blossoming bunheads

Photos: Blossoming bunheads

For 10 days, Daily photographer Lauren Rock followed Chautauqua School of Dance Workshop II students, ages 13-15, through their classes and final Amphitheater performance to document the commitment and discipline required of a young ballerina.

“These girls are very young, but they are serious about dance,” Rock said. “Attending the School of Dance is one small step on their journey to becoming professional ballerinas. They learn to become adaptable — those who can pick up choreography quickly and adapt to different instructors and their styles are more likely to be successful. The dancers learn discipline and the importance of taking care of themselves and working hard to maintain the best physical form possible.”