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Ballet troupes team up for diverse performance
by Tribune Staff
Oct 07, 2009 | 1150 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo/Erin Baiano - Dancers Ty Gurfein in green, Calvin Royal III  in blue,  Alberto Velazquez in purple and Irlan Silva in red perform "Interplay" with the American Ballet Theater in April.
Courtesy Photo/Erin Baiano - Dancers Ty Gurfein in green, Calvin Royal III in blue, Alberto Velazquez in purple and Irlan Silva in red perform "Interplay" with the American Ballet Theater in April.
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In collaboration with area nonprofit Sierra Nevada Ballet, the American Ballet Theater troupe from New York will be performing Friday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

The troupe ABT II will be performing a compilation of numbers with something to please every audience member, said Rosine Bena, artistic director for the Sierra Nevada Ballet, in a press release.

The dancers will perform Jerome Robbins’ “Interplay,” the White Swan pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” the pas de trois from “Le Corsaire,” and Jodie Gates’ “A Taste of Sweet Velvet.”

ABT II is a dance troupe comprised of 13 professional ballet dancers between the ages of 16 and 19. Under the direction of Wes Chapmand, ABT II is an outlet for emerging choreographers, as well as a performance outlet for the dancers who perform for more than 25,000 people a year nationwide.

Part of ABT II’s mission is to serve as a cultural ambassador to communities around the nation.

“When we brought the young company here last year, the audience raved and raved about them,” Bena said. “We are proud that this event will be the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between ABT II and (Sierra Nevada Ballet) to enhance the region’s cultural profile and share the greatest young dancers in the world with residents and visitors alike.”

In a survey conducted by Sierra Nevada Ballet in 2008 after ABT II’s performance, results showed a large impact with younger audience members.

“We believe this is because the young dancers are spectacular athletes and because they are wonderful role models for young people,” Bena said. “We hope that all the young artistic athletes in the community will come to see these young artists as they are an inspiration for all ages and interests.”

Tickets to Friday’s ABT II performance at 7:30 p.m. range in price. Adult ticket prices range from $20-$34. Children, students and seniors’ ticket prices are $12-$19. There are discounts available for groups of 20 people or more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 686-6600, visit www.pioneercenter.com or the Pioneer box office. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is located at 100 S. Virginia St. in downtown Reno.

For more information on Sierra Nevada Ballet, the only professional ballet company in northern Nevada, visit www.sierranevadaballet.com or call 783-3223.
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