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By DANELLE LANDIS
Daily News Staff Writer
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will offer its “Evening of Dance” performance Thursday and Friday evening, with a dazzling array of genres performed by the dance school’s senior company.
“It’s really a fun show,” Executive Director Elizabeth Schultz said. “It’s just the highest levels or the top-two levels of each genre of dance that we offer.”
Schultz said that last year, dancers from different genres and areas of the United States visited and gave workshops in which they taught the dances in this year’s show. A Radio City Rockette dancer from New York City taught the Ketchikan dancers a kickline style of dance, and a choreographer from the Los Angeles area taught them a contemporary piece. A ballerina from San Francisco also set a ballet piece that the local dancers will perform at the Evening of Dance event.
“It’s always great to have experience working with different artists — you are asked to do different things and move your body in new ways, and so they’re really interesting pieces and kind of different from what we normally do,” Schultz said.
She added that the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet instructors also attend and learn from the classes that the visiting instructors lead.
“Anytime you get to see or take a class, you absolutely learn, and you have to keep learning,” Schultz said.
Among the pieces that will be performed Thursday and Friday will be a tap piece by KTB instructor Kim Stone and two ballet pieces put together by Schultz. KTB jazz instructor Jess Berto choreographed a Cirque du Soleil-inspired piece.
“It has crazy partnering,” Schultz said of Berto’s piece. “There’s trampolines, there’s tricks and everything. It’s a really big cast, so that should be quite a bit of fun.”
Student choreographer Bella Roberts, a high-school junior, created a trio performance piece for the show.
“There are so many different genres, is should be a really exciting, fast-paced kind of show,” Schultz said, adding that it is a perfect dance event for people to attend who wouldn’t normally attend one.
“I really feel that Evening of Dance is this hidden gem in Ketchikan that not that many people understand, or know what it is,” Schultz said.
“I’d love to encourage people to come and check it out, because this level of talent of the dancers and the level of talent in the choreography — it’s really professional quality,” she added.
Schultz said that people can find out more information about KTB and the organization’s events by looking it up under “ktbketchikan” on Facebook or Instagram.
The Evening of Dance will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22, in the Ketchikan High School auditorium. There also will be a pasta dinner fundraiser preceding the show, which serves as a fundraiser for dancers to visit New York City every other year. The dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. both nights.