May 14, 2013
On Saturday at The Maryland Theatre, the stage will be filled with dancers wearing ballet slippers, pointe shoes, tap shoes, character shoes, jazz shoes, hip-hop sneakers and going barefoot. Ballet and All That Jazz, under the artistic direction of Ranelle Flurie, will present two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. The matinee show consists of Little BITs (Ballerinas In Training), the school's youngest dancers with the preschoolers dancing as magical fairies. The elementary ages will become childhood princesses.
April 20, 2013
Jana Lyn Russell, 36, of Hagerstown, Md., and Edina, Minn., died Monday, March 4, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by family. A precious child, Jana was the light of her family and many extended friends. At the age of 2, she was diagnosed with a tumor on her brain stem and bravely withstood surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Despite the challenges brought on by surviving childhood cancer, Jana was ever-present with her mother in the ballet studio, in her leotard and at the barre, reminding us all that life is to be lived fully and without regrets.
April 3, 2013
The story is a fairy tale classic. Girl sweeps floor, then magically appears at royal ball and sweeps prince off his feet. There are fairy godmothers, magic pumpkins and a race against the clock — a surreal series of events all told with romance, humor and drama, as well as a happy ending. Throughout the years, the story of the peasant-turned-princess who loses a glass slipper has never lost its luster or appeal. And, today, the shoe still fits. For some, the enchantment of "Cinderella" has come from the pages of a book.
December 6, 2012
It's a hectic Saturday afternoon inside the City Ballet School at Hagerstown's City Centre. In an upstairs studio, children bump into each other as they scurry from one room to the next with costumes in hand. Parents help set up stage props, the artistic director tweaks a sequence of dance steps while the music of Tchaikovsky plays in the background. It's December and another "Nutcracker" is being polished and assembled, piece by tinselly piece. There is attention to detail, enough hard work to make the floor shake and a commitment to creating magic.
November 29, 2012
Ballet and All That Jazz dancers to perform Act II of 'The Nutcracker' Dancers with Ballet and All That Jazz will perform Act II of “The Nutcracker” to those in the community who are not able to come to them. The following is a list of performances: Monday, Dec. 3, Coffman Nursing Home, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Valley Mall (J.C. Penney), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Western Maryland Hospital Center, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Broadmore Assisted Living, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Potomac Center, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Potomac Towers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Homewood Retirement Village (chapel)
August 19, 2012
The dancers from Ballet and All That Jazz in Hagerstown have had a busy season. Seniors from the ballet studio's Class of 2012 performed together for the last time at The Maryland Theatre on May 19. The dancers included Sandra Solberg, Rachel Redmond, Mara Dennis, Ally Bowers, Carolyn Weaver, Jordan McNairn, Emma Conlon, Emily Seifarth, Casie Burk, Breanna Bailey, Brianna Roberts, Hannah Nichols and Tori Robinson. In June, dancers joined instructor Bonnie Slawson and learned contemporary, jazz and hip-hop routines.
August 10, 2012
Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will have an open house and fall registration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Wood Center at Capitol Theatre Centre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg. Featured will be a performance of ballet students from the August Ballet Intensive, performing excerpts from "Swan Lake. " Tours of the studio will be offered, as well as information about the school. A seminar, "Hairstyles for Ballet," where student and parents can learn to make the "bun" hairdo, will be offered.
May 14, 2012
Dancers from the Ballet and All That Jazz dance studio in Hagerstown will participate in the annual recital Saturday. The 2 p.m. show features those ages 3 to 10 and the 7 p.m. show features the intermediate and advanced dancers. The types of dance include modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and classical ballet. The school is highlighting 13 graduating seniors each with their own dance solo. Under the direction of Ranelle W. Flurie, the school was established in 1989 and will offer summer classes and dance camps in June. Tickets for each show cost $5 and may be purchased by calling The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-797-2000.
May 9, 2012
They are focused on their preparation, pushing themselves toward a perfection that is ballet. There are hours of training, long days of rehearsal and time spent learning to balance the physical with the emotional. The strength, elegance and grace of movement won't happen overnight. But this is more than discipline and hard work. It's a love affair - one that began for many of the students when they were preschoolers, anxious to stand on their toes. They walked into a bright room with large mirrors, were taught the most delicate of moves from first position to fourth.
April 27, 2012
Members of Ballet and All That Jazz Tap Dancers performed in the National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14 in Washington, D.C. There were a total of 650 tap dancers from all over the United States. Ballet and All That Jazz's spring recital is on Saturday, May 19, at the Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.