September 10, 2013
The Wilson College dance program will offer free ballet classes this semester. The classes, which are offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Mondays in September and October, are open to anyone who is interested. Nancy Walker and Beth Skroban are returning as guest teachers/artists. The class schedule includes: Nancy Walker: Sept. 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 7 and 21 Beth Skroban: Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 For more information, call Paula Kellinger at 717-264-4141, ext. 3274, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 6, 2013
The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for a new and original musical-theater production of Charles Dickens' “Christmas Carol.” Open auditions for dancers and dancer/singer/actors will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with an additional singing audition for those who sing and act from 1 to 2 pm. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Open auditions for male and female actors and singers of all ages will be held at the Wood Center in the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, on Thursday, Sept.
August 18, 2013
Ballet and All That Jazz dancers recently completed another successful dance season. Nine high school seniors performed together for the last time in the dance school's spring recital May 18 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The dancers are Kristen Davis, Emily Fortney, Maggie Manspeaker, Moriah Garling, Ellen McQuaid, Akelah Taylor, Laura Meckley, Caroline Bradford and Emily Newmann. In June, dancers joined instructor Bonnie Slawson, learning contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dances at jazz camp.
June 12, 2013
Lavinia Reid is taking the classic tale “The Little Mermaid” to new heights - or depths - in her innovative ballet adaptation of the beloved under-the-sea tale. Reid said she sees the production as a way to marry the whimsical Disney film version to the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen original fairy tale, which ends with the Little Mermaid desperately throwing herself into the sea after the prince she's in love with marries the princess. Reid's rendition, however, ends with the prince marrying the Little Mermaid. “We bring the real story, the full story, but give it a happy ending,” Reid said Friday.
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.