The Lincoln City Cultural Center will be raising the barre for dance lovers of all ages this Saturday, Feb. 18, when it presents a special afternoon with The Portland Ballet.
The program, presented by the group’s most advanced, pre-professional students will begin with a choreographed demonstration of a dancer’s daily class exercises with an element of audience participation. The dancers will then perform a selection of pieces from the group’s repertoire, including excerpts from classical ballets and contemporary works set to engaging music.
The Portland Ballet, established in 2001 by retired dancers Nancy Davis and Jim Lane, trains young ballet artists in a rigorous, supportive and performance-centered environment under artistic director Anne Mueller. The group provides instruction for dancers at all levels, including Curriculum Ballet for ages six to 19, Creative Ballet for ages three to six, and weekly open adult and teen classes. The group also trains male dancers through the region’s only men’s ballet program, and offers a Summer Ballet Intensive for local dancers and students from around the country.
The Lincoln City performance will begin at 2 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for kids aged six to 18, and free for itty bitty ballerinas agd five and younger. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets are on sale now at the center’s website, www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or by calling 541-994-9994.
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This is not the only youth ballet opportunity at the cultural center. Diane Christiansen is offering Beginning Ballet in the dance studio every Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. Dancers aged seven and up are taught from 1 to 2 pm, with those aged three and a half to six starting at 2 pm. The price is $36 per month, with a discount for additional siblings.
For more information, call Christiansen at 507-514-7984.