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Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
United States
Indianapolis, IN

Young Stars of Ballet - Indianapolis City Ballet

by Rita Kohn
September 9, 2011
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
510 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1517
This review was originally published in NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN.

Rita Kohn is a member of the Board of the Dance Critics Association.
Like a display of individual jewels from cities world-wide, seventeen students of dance ages 11 to 20 and twelve young professionals in their 20's sparkled in repeats of their contest-winning entries and cuttings from larger works. In swift succession the evening offered 27 diverse moments showcasing contemporary choreography interspersed between ballet's classical repertoires. Particularly honoring New York city-based David Howard, known as "Master Teacher to the Stars," impresario Kevin Hesse equally brought attention to all teachers in the 65 dance schools in greater Indianapolis, whose students appeared in the concluding "Le Grand Defile," Carlos Dos Santos choreography for 109 dancers set on Anatol Liadov's Polonais. Appearing, as soloists in the classical repertoire were Demitra Bereveskos, age 12, who studies at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Valetina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York and Hannah Sink, age 15, who studies at Central Indiana Academy of Dance. Chris Lingner, currently studying ballet in the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University and whose local appearances include Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indianapolis School of Ballet, with New York city-based Ashlee Dupre reprised their touring company roles in Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out. With Just the Way You Are Linger and Dupre represented the crossover into professional dance that exemplifies the point made by Master of Ceremonies George De La Pena: "Ballet dancers today have to be prepared for all possibilities." In addition to this nod to Hoosier-born Twyla Tharp, Indianapolis City Ballet commissioned choreographer Margo Sappington to create Black or White set on Michael Jackson's music and danced by New York city-based students Veronika Verterich and Alex Anderson. American Ballet Theatre soloist Daniil Simkin, as he did last year, delighted with his endearing portrayal of "Les Bourgeois" to music by Jacques Brell. Matching this kind of characterization virtuosity was 12-rear-old Italy-based Aran Bell with "La Chauve Souris" set on music by Johann Straus. For those who missed the dazzling event, watch for its airing on WFYI-public television.
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