Dance Noir Set For Saturday

Megan Stefanik, a Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet graduate, returns to perform on this year’s Dance Noir. Photo by Rob Sigler

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet presents Dance Noir on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Willow Bay Theatre.

Dance Noir is a smaller scale performance featuring works inspired by the darkness of the late fall season including both classic variations and new contemporary works. A cash wine bar will be available before and during intermission.

Monika Alch, artistic director, said the Willow Bay Theatre provides a more intimate and close-up experience for the audience.

“The dance floor is laid on the main floor (instead of the stage area) and table seating surrounds the stage. Our first two productions of Dance Noir were very well received and we are excited to continue to program it,” Alch said.

The program features advanced level dancers from the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. Joining them are guest performers Megan Stefanik, a graduate of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s pre-professional program and now a dance major at the Conservatory at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and Sukanya Burman, who instructs modern dance at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. Burman, who will be performing a classical Indian dance, started her dance training in Bharatnatyam at the age of 3 in India and completed her advanced diploma from Kalamandalam Kolkata under the supervision of Guru Thankamani Kutty. The program will also include three modern works with choreography by Burman and Michael Cerwinski, a character dance to music from Carmen, and a Tarantella from Le Corsaire.

“We are always exploring ideas to engage and increase our audiences,” said Elizabeth Bush, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet executive director. “By offering a different format — namely a small intimate venue, wine bar and edgier programming — we hope to attract more young adults, many of whom now live in the downtown area. This program offers an experience where the audience doesn’t just view the performance, but socializes, learns and interacts around it. Before and after the performance we open the venue and wine bar so people can hang out, have a drink and talk about the experience with one another.”

The evening is sponsored in part by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Bag & String Wines and Brazil.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $20 for table seating.

Table seating is limited. A ash wine bar opens at 7:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 8:15 p.m. To reserve a seat, visit or call the studio at 664-9766.