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Glenwood Dance Academy performs classics for spring show

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Special to the Daily "The Lion King Dances," performed by the Glenwood Dance Academy and members of Danse Arts Theatre Company June 3-4, is geared more toward children.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Dances from “The Lion King,” “Giselle” and “Fosse” are just some of the numbers the Glenwood Dance Academy will perform at its annual spring show June 2-4, which will feature two completely different performances.”‘The Lion King Dances’ is geared toward children, but has all levels of dance in it,” said Claire Evans , owner of Glenwood Dance Academy and Danse Arts Theatre Company artistic director. “It’s a great story families will really enjoy. But people who really appreciate dance and enjoy watching a professional level of dancing should come to the evening show. Or, even better, come to both shows and support dance in Glenwood Springs.” The two matinee performances of “The Lion King Dances” are at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Members of the Danse Arts Theatre Company, as well as the dance academy’s 125 students will tell a musical story of Simba, the Lion King. The combination of songs like “Circle of Life” and “Akuna Matata” with jazz dance, modern ballet and tap dancing creates a lively afternoon show, said Evands. Casey Beauchamp, who dances the role of Simba, adds his break-dancing expertise to the role, while the evil Uncle Scar is danced by Carla Ober, a professional modern dancer. An especially poignant part of the show occurs when Simba and Scar confront each other in an intricate Capoiera dance.

“It’s the first time we’ve put together a full production like this,” DeAnna Anderson said about the decision to create “The Lion King Dances,” a full-length ballet. Anderson is also an owner of the dance academy and a Danse Arts Theatre Company artistic director. She danced in the original production of “Cats” on Broadway and said the area is ready for this type of show. “It’s so much more fun to get caught up in storyline while you’re enjoying beautiful dance.” The evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. These performances spotlight the Danse Arts Theatre Company – Glenwood Springs’ own professional dance troupe. Highlights of the evening shows include a montage of classical ballet variations, including pieces from “Giselle,” “Sylvia” and “Don Quixote,” and a high-spirited, sultry collection of “Fosse” dances.Both Evans and Anderson point out that these performances are not just dance recitals.”Recitals are basically for parents and grandparents,” Evans said. “They come to see how cute their children are. Our dancers do more than look cute. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, is dancing real choreography to create amazing shows.”

Glenwood Dance Academy opened its doors at its Midland Avenue studio in November 2004 and has about 140 students in its ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance program. The Danse Arts Theatre Company debuted the following June. The troupe consists of six local professional dancers, along with several guest artists. The company most recently performed in sold-out performances of “Excerpts from The Nutcracker” with the Symphony in the Valley.All four shows are being held at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium. Tickets for the matinee performances are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Evening show tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children. For more information, call the Glenwood Dance Academy at (970) 945-2717.

Dance to the westWhat: Glenwood Dance Academy and Danse Arts Theatre Company’s Spring showWhen: 1 p.m. June 3-4 and 7:30 p.m. June 2-4Where: Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium

Cost: Tickets for the matinee performances are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Evening show tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.Information: For more information, call the Glenwood Dance Academy at (970) 945-2717.Vail, Colorado


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