Boca Ballet Offers Dance Double Feature; Preps For Summer Workshops

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The Boca Ballet offered a dance double feature the weekend of April 8-9, with productions of “The Enchanted Garden” from “Le Corsaire” and the two-act show, “La Sylphide,” presented before a nearly sold-out audience at the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.

With that program finished, the local ballet theatre is preparing for its summer workshop program scheduled July 3 to Aug. 6

The five-week training session includes artistic directors Paul Vasterling of Nashville Ballet, Douglas Martin of American Repertory Ballet, Victoria Morgan of Cincinnati Ballet and Adam Sklute of Ballet West.

Classes will be held in ballet technique, together with either jazz, character, modern or Pilates. Additional classes in pointe technique and variations will also be included.

The workshops will conclude with a public performance in August.

In the meantime, Boca Ballet co-artistic director Dan Guin, who crafted both performances early April productions based on Marius Petipa for “The Enchanted Garden” and August Bournonville for “La Sylphide,” explained that “’La Sylphide’ is a good bit shorter than other two-act ballets.” That left time for a performance of “The Enchanted Garden.”

Following the Saturday evening show, dancers, patrons and friends of Boca Ballet Theatre gathered at Rappy’s in Boca Raton where General

Manager David Soto greeted guests with hospitality, food and drink selections.

Prior to the après, Boca Ballet Theatre’s production of “La Sylphide” was applauded by patrons who gave a standing ovation to New York City Ballet Principal dancers Megan Fairchild as the Sylphide and Gonzalo

Garcia as James.

Frequent guest artist Shannon Smith from Fort Wayne Ballet played the part of Gurn and Boca Ballet’s own Cindy Surman portrayed Anna. Boca’s co-artistic director, Jane Tyree, Dan’s wife, portrayed Madge, a wicked witch whose nefarious presence is strongly felt, particularly at the conclusion.

“The Enchanted Garden” portion featured Boca Ballet Theatre soloist Sasha Lazarus, who is graduating this year. The show also showcased the talent of the Boca Ballet Theatre dancers.

“As a training company, this lovely ballet gives many of the young dancers a chance to spread their wings and fly, many appearing in the corps de ballet for the first time,” said Guin.

For information about Boca Ballet, visit www.bocaballet.org or call 561-995-0709.