Studio Dance To Present ‘Petrushka’ Saturday

Studio Dance Conservatory will present the full length production of Stravinsky’s Petrushka Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Jamestown Community College‘s Scharmann Theatre with Deryck Brown as Petrushka, Grace Anderson as the Ballerina Puppet and Daman Holland as the Moor Puppet.

Studio Dance Conservatory is proud to present Igor Stravinsky’s full length ballet, “Petrushka,” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on JCC’s Scharmann Theatre stage. Studio Hip Hop dancers will start out the evening with an opening number choreographed by Libby Nord, as well as a contemporary dance set to the song “Burn” from the musical Hamilton with original choreography by Daman Holland and a contemporary duet set to Sam Smith’s Pray, also choreographed by Mr. Holland. Pre-Pro student Grace Anderson will perform Dulcenea from the classical ballet Don Quixote, a piece she learned last summer during her summer intensive training with the Cincinnati Ballet. Congratulations go out to Miss Anderson, who will spend her third intensive with the Cincinnati Ballet this summer. Studio’s adaptive dancers Jennifer Felice, Maria Jacobson, Alexandra McMahon, Jocelyn Monaco and Jennifer Yost will be featured in Colors opening number and will also have their own dance piece set to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop this Feeling. Studio has had the privilege of working with The Resource Center’s special needs dancers for three years.

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Studio Dance Conservatory will present the full length production of Stravinsky’s Petrushka Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre with Deryck Brown as Petrushka, Grace Anderson as the Ballerina Puppet and Daman Holland as the Moor Puppet.

Petrushka was choreographed by Mikel Fokine and set on famous male danseur, Vaslav Nijinsky, who helped make the ballet famous. It was first performed in 1911 by the Ballet Russe at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The story is set in the early 1800’s in St. Petersburg, Russia during a pagan street fair that honors the end of winter called Shrovetide Fair. Studio is incorporating students of all ages into this production, using original choreography by Fokine for the lead dancers and re-staging some sections to adapt to the different dance disciplines being performed. Deryck Brown, Studio pre-pro student, will portray the puppet Petrushka, Grace Anderson, Studio pre-pro student, will portray the Ballerina Puppet, guest artist Daman Holland will perform the Moor Puppet and guest artist Alexis Singleton will perform the Charlatan Magician that brings the three puppets to life. Guest Artist Jennie Cross is the lead Milk Maiden and Norman Carlson will play the part of the Town Constable. Olivia Allen-Fiedler and Mychaila Philbrick will dance as the Street Gypsies and Ella Demorest will have a cameo solo as a street vendor. Milk Maidens will be performed by Ballet III’s Sofia Agafonova, Ava Laury, Audrina Lent, Sophia Mangabang and Lilly Scarsone. The Cossack dancers will be performed by Hip Hop’s Lucas Arnone, Angela Braun, Andrei Braun, Sasha Braun, Dominyck Brown, Lydia Kennelley, Nadia Kennelley, Danielle Mincarelli and Willa Seahausen. Ballet I’s Francesca Agafanova, Mariel Arnone, Elsa Creager, Greta Gilevski, Eliza Roushey, Karleighana Pacheco, Leah Pasieka and Melina Singleton will perform the Mummers dance. Creative Movement dancers (3-4 years old) Kaidence Clopp, Ellison Conti and Josephine Satterlee will accompany 6 Studio parents: Jenah and Greg Clopp, Catherine Iannelo and Anton Agafonov and Julia and Kelsey Braun as street fair participants. The ballet is 35 minutes in length.

Costumes have been designed and constructed by Libby Nord with the assistance of Julia Braun, Mary Champ and Rozella Philbrick. Sets have been constructed through JCC’s design and production team with the help and expertise of faculty member’s Julia Braun and Don Hill. Lighting has been designed by JCC’s lighting technician, Scott Barton. Many thanks go out to Scharmann Theatre’s Stage Manager, Steve Gustafson, whose generosity and expertise helped to make this production possible.

Studio’s summer session runs June 25 to Aug. 4 offering Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Adaptive Dance, Ballet Barre and Yoga/Pilates. Studio will host two dance intensives that will take place Aug. 6-10 and Aug. 13-17. Jake Casey, who has a huge Instagram following and formerly of the Cincinnati Ballet, will teach a master class in Contemporary dance Saturday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Ballet scholarships are available for boys age 5-17. Studio is located at 90 Woodworth Ave. in West Ellicott. Please visit www.studiodanceconservatory.com or call 640-7044 for more information.

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