Showcase to feature classic ballet, new modern works

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Classic ballet and cutting-edge modern dance will both be presented at Studio 4 Dance Theater's Spring Showcase 2014, taking olace at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bret Harte High School Theater on Main Street in Angels Camp.

Appropriate for all ages, Studio 4 Dance Theater's annual showcase is a mix of ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance.

This year's production will feature "Peter and the Wolf," Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's classic 1936 narrated children's story about a boy who ventures beyond his grandfather's garden gate one day.

The score features music that is accessible and familiar to children, making it a popular introduction to both classical music and ballet.

Twenty-five dancers will bring the tale to life, portraying everything from the Meadow, Forest and Pond to the Bird, Duck, Cat, Grandfather, Huntsmen, Peter and, of course, the Wolf.

The second act of the showcase will feature two new full-company dances created by artistic director Tammie Lee, plus the works of several Studio 4 Dance Theater choreographers.

Three new young choreographers have created lyrical and contemporary dances to share stories about life and love.

Second-year choreographer Elizabeth Ernst will perform inher own jazzy hip-hop group number as well as a solo piece, and Elise Williams, a four-time choreographer for the studio, has created a new hip-hop number.

Lee has been cultivating dancers and choreographers for more than eight years. Students from her studio have been invited to further their careers at Juline Regional Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theater Summer IntensiveProgram, Ballet San Jose, Contra Costa Ballet and San Jose State.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, available at Angels Sewerand Drain and Studio 4 School of Dance in Vallecito, or at the box office one hour before each show.

For further information, call Tammie Lee at 728-5347.

The Union Democrat
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