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Dip into ballet, with OBT2

Published on May 15, 2018 1:29PM

The Lincoln City Cultural Center will play host to some of the most promising dancers in the state this Saturday, May 19, as Oregon Ballet Theatre’s junior company, OBT2, takes to the stage.

The performance, along with a May 11 show in Hood River, marks the first time that OBT2 has danced outside the Portland Metro region.

“We take our mission — to share our passion for the expressive power of ballet, to inspire an enduring appreciation of dance, and to connect in meaningful ways to our community — very seriously,” said OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving. “It’s our great pleasure to take the power of dance to audiences beyond the Portland Metro area.”

Established in 2015, OBT2 is composed of talented dancers on the cusp of professional careers, chosen from the most gifted students at the top levels of the Oregon Ballet Theatre School.

On Saturday, these dancers will perform a gorgeously curated collection of excerpts from iconic classical and contemporary ballets, including “Claire de Lune” from OBT resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s “Beasts;” and “Flower Festival in Genzano,” choreographed by the Danish master August Bournonville; as well as works by Marius Petipa, and Nacho Duato. Together, the works will explore ballet’s rich and varied history.

In addition to the performance, OBT’s Educational Outreach department will spend considerable time working with teachers and students at Oceanlake and Taft elementary schools.

Saturday’s performance will start at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

Tickets, $12 for adults and $5 for kids, are available at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org/events or by calling 541-994-9994.

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