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Youth ballet company chooses dancers for upcoming season

October 20, 2004

The Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company has named its dancers for the 2004-2005 season.

Full members are Amanda Boyer, Sonja Brigham, Peter DeLameter, Adrian Kennedy, Kristy Koppenhaver, Elizabeth League, Lauren Riviello, Elizabeth Sager, Anne Stablein, Jessica Stokes, Lacey Turner and Hannah Rose Wisniewski. Alexis Cavey and Whitney Colombo were named as apprentices.

PCYBC, a pre-professional level company, said in a news release it is a non-profit organization dedicated "to providing educational and performance opportunities to the area's most talented dancers ages 13 to 18."

The dancers were selected through an audition that was open to all area dance students.

Dancers can be named to one of two levels within the company.

Full members are the most advanced dancers, many already having 10 to 15 years of training. They participate in PCYBC's annual "Nutcracker" and perform most of the solo parts in the production.

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Apprentices also participate in "Nutcracker" and are responsible to learn all company repertoire for the Spring Performance although they might not be cast in all performances.

These dancers take a two-hour technique class every Saturday morning with Ballet Mistress Jennifer Green. This is an addition to the two to four ballet classes they take during the week. Many of them also study modern, jazz and tap.

PCYBC said some of these dancers have attended intensive summer dance programs in-cluding Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts, and The Washington Ballet.

Others studies for two weeks over the summer with Michele Jimenez and Alvaro Palau of The Washington Ballet who taught at The City Ballet School's Summer Dance Workshop.

From October to December, the dancers have rehearsals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the "Nutcracker" production. After Christmas break, they resume their Saturday morning classes and spend Saturday afternoons in preparation for their annual Spring Performance. During these times, they may be dancing from 10 to 15 hours per week.

Rehearsals began this month for "The Nutcracker," which will be performed at The Maryland Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

Guests artists will include Justin Leaf and Peggy Seipp-Roy of the James Sewell Ballet of Minneapolis. Tickets are available at The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000.

Lauran Clowser is the founder and artistic director of PCYBC. It is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors.

The City Ballet School is the resident home for PCYBC.

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