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Ballet's annual performance is scheduled for Saturday

June 06, 2007

Final preparations are being made for the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company's 10th Anniversary Celebration Performance. The performance is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

The program will include dancers from the full Company as well as Company II, the training company for PCYBC.

This year's performance is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the company which was founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Lauran Clowser. The performance will include something for everyone, including "Les Jeux," an original piece created by Clowser as a part of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 75th birthday celebration.

Other pieces have been taken from the company's growing repertoire from the last 10 years. In planning for the program, the staff found it interesting that a number of company members were just toddlers when some of the dances were originally staged.

Company II talents will be highlighted in "Caprice," choreographed by Clowser.

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Company graduate and founding member Abby Cottrill has set a piece as a tribute to the founding of the company.

Four previous recipients of the Lauran Clowser Scholarship will also perform. They are Amanda Boyer, Danielle Horochowski, (who now serves as assistant ballet mistress to the company), Jessica Pike and Megan Schimmel.

The company's board of directors worked to locate former members, staff, choreographers and board members to invite them to the event. Many are now married and spread across the country and even further. In fact, one former member is pursuing her master's degree in Ghana at this time. Others are in California, Arizona and Ohio. Any former member reading this article is invited to attend.

PCYBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and performance opportunities to the area's most talented dancers ages 13 to 18. Company II serves as the training ground for the full company for dancers ages 12 to 18 who don't have quite as much training as the full company. Also assisting Clowser is Jennifer Green-Flint, who is ballet mistress.

The City Ballet School serves as the resident home for the company.

Tickets cost $10 and are available through The Maryland Theatre Box Office at 21 S. Potomac St. next to the theater or by calling the box office at 301-790-2000.

For additional information, visit the company's Web site at www.pcybc.com or e-mail the company at pcybc@pcy bc.com.

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