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Ballet dancers selected for season

Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Co. members to participate in 'The Nutcracker' in Dec.

Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Co. members to participate in 'The Nutcracker' in Dec.

October 22, 2007

The Board of Directors of the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Co. has announced that dancers have been named for the 2007-08 season.

Selected through a process of open auditions, dancers participated in a 1 1/2-hour class and were rated by five judges on seven criteria, including technical skills at the barre, allegro, adagio, body alignment, presentation, musicality, and for the ladies, pointe work.

The judges rated each dancer with a score between 1 and 5 on each of the seven criteria. Those with the highest scores were named as full company members and those also scoring well but not quite as high as the full members were named as apprentices. This is in keeping with procedures used in most ballet companies.

Named as full company members were Anne Beachley, Courtney Boyer, Sonja Brigham, Alexis Cavey, Katie Colbert, Marie Furnia, Katie Miller, Lauren Riviello, Kelsy Rupp, Bella Schiro, and Krystyna Thomas. Ellie Conway and Alexa Hofmann were selected as apprentices.

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In addition to their regular dance classes which may number from two to six during the week, the company has class every Saturday morning followed by rehearsals.

All company members will participate in PCYBC's upcoming production of "The Nutcracker," which will be presented at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagers-town on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 8-9. Tickets are available at The Maryland Theatre box office. Guests artists will be Justin Leaf and Penelope Freeh of the James Sewell Ballet.

A nonprofit organization, PCYBC is a pre-professional company dedicated to providing educational and performance opportunities to the area's most talented dancers ages 13 to 18. Lauran Clowser is founder and artistic director, Becci Kimm is ballet mistress and Danielle Horochowski serves as assistant ballet mistress.

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

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