Local High School and SUU Students to join British Royal Ballet School in Public PerformanceJanuary 26, 2009
Southern Utah University, along with The Cedar City Corporation and Cedar City Music Arts, invite the region’s dance enthusiasts to a unique ballet performance featuring artists from two continents and a wide variety of dance studios and schools as they host the Royal Ballet School of Great Britain.
The British dancers will perform alongside local students from SUU, Canyon View, Tuachan and Pine View High Schools, as well as several other local studios and schools in the southern Utah area on February 2, 2009, at Cedar City's Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Anderson, SUU's director of development advancement who is coordinating the performance locally, said, "This is a real chance for the southern Utah community to see the future of the dancing world here in Cedar City. When SUU was first approached about this wonderful opportunity, we felt that we had to do everything we could to make it happen. Community leaders and civic organizations all pulled together to bring this tour to Cedar City."
The Royal Ballet School, widely considered one of the great ballet schools of the world, has been a driving force of classical British ballet for over eighty years. The School is expected to perform a wide range of works including excerpts from the great classic ballets Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and Napoli, together with modern works by Wayne McGregor, Robert Hill and Kirk Peterson.
The School continues to aspire to train young people with a gift and desire to dance, nurturing and refining them into talented and inspirational performers who will follow in the footsteps of the other Royal Ballet School students who have become some of the greatest dancers of the last century including Darcey Bussell, Margot Fonteyn, Anthony Dowell and some of the ‘giants’ of choreography, including Kenneth MacMillan, David Bintley and Christopher Wheeldon.
Anderson added, "The young dance students training in Southern Utah will be able to share the stage with other students their own age, students studying dance in another country, or students at another studio here locally, and they will all grow from this cultural exchange - SUU wants to help nurture the young artist in Southern Utah and give them opportunities to grow and develop."
The Royal Ballet School will come to SUU with a troupe of 27 Artists, two Dance Education Specialists, three Ballet Masters/Teachers, two technical staff, and a company manager.
Tickets to the collaborative performance are $15 per person or just $25 per family of four, and can be purchased at the Heritage Center box office.