CRYB To Present 2017 Spring Gala Saturday

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet will present its spring performance Saturday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, beginning at 7 p.m. Under the direction of Monika Alch, the ballet company will perform ballet and modern dance works to music by Bach, Bayer, Corigliano, Mozart and Verdi. Pictured from left, clockwise, are pre-professional dancers Megan Stefanik, Cate Walter, Maya Swanson and Cecelia Johnson. Submitted photos by Rob Sigler

The stage is set for the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and its annual Spring Gala production.

On Saturday, the ballet company will perform its one-off performance combining ballet and modern dance works at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, beginning at 7 p.m.

The production, under the artistic direction of Monika Alch, will feature all the students of CRYB in a mixed program featuring classical and contemporary repertoire. Alch credits the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for supporting new choreography residencies this past winter with choreographers Michael Cerwinski from New York City and Brittany Bush from Jose Mateo Ballet in Boston.

“We are excited to share this new and exciting choreography with our audiences,” Alch said.

Elizabeth Bush, CRYB executive director, said the value of these residencies to local dancers cannot be overstated.

CRYB dancers Aaron and Boaz Mecham, pictured, will perform a violin duet at CRYB's Spring Gala Saturday.

“We are very lucky to live in an area where, despite our small size and geographical location, we have foundations that understand and support the value of such opportunities; which give not only our dancers but also our audiences the chance to experience new trends in classical dance,” Bush said.

The first half of the program will highlight CRYB students in the Creative Dance through Intermediate 2 levels dancing to music from “The Fairy Doll” by Bayer. These are classical style variations choreographed by the CRYB faculty to the level of each class.

The second half of the program will feature the Advanced and Pre-professional students, and will offer three original ballet works and a contemporary work. The ballet pieces are set to music from John Corigliano’s “Red Violin,” Verdi’s “Spring” and the first movement of Bach’s “Violin Concerto in A Minor.”

The contemporary work is set to music from Mozart’s “Requiem.” There will also be a violin interlude performed by CRYB students Aaron and Boaz Mecham.

Seating is reserved and tickets are available at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at the Box Office by calling 484-7070 or visiting reglenna.com.

The ballet is accepting registrations for its summer dance offerings. For information, visit cryb.net.


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