Going global: North Ballet of Rogers presents ‘Dancing Around the World’ at Zabee

Marissa Patnode, Natalie Belz, Chloe Matin, Allison Clawson, Cally Samson, Sunday Manisto-Saari, danced the Italian Tarantella (choreographed by Stephanie Heston) (Photo by Rachel Martin)

by Kate Kramer, Staff intern

In a display of dances from diverse global cultures, North Ballet Academy’s performance last weekend showcased the versatility of classical ballet.

“Dancing Around the World,” a ballet created by North Ballet’s Artistic Director, Stephanie Heston, was held last weekend in Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater.

Hannah Martin, Caroline Green, Allison Clawson, and Samantha Currie, dancing the Pas De Quarte (original choreography by Anton Dolin, restaged by Stephanie Heston) (Photo by Rachel Martin)


In a creative addition to the typical show, “Dancing Around the

Pieper Christiaansen and Elise Sime, dancing the Antarctica Penguin Polka (choreographed by Jessica Dunne) (Photo by Rachel Martin)











World” opened with a lecture and demonstration of the origins of classical ballet. Next, the dancers incorporated unique moves from several nations into the main performance, simultaneously educating and impressing their audience.

Students at North Ballet, located in Rogers, have been working on the performance since March. The cast includes dancers of all ages, from three-year-olds to adults, with the more experienced students taking on trickier parts.

“These students are very dedicated to working on their ballet technique,” said North Ballet owner Katie Kocinski. “It’s a very intensive art form to study, and we take an intergenerational approach.”

Kocinski said parent volunteers helped bring the program together and made it a “positive and rewarding” experience for all involved. With a staff and faculty well-versed in many different types of ballet and dance, North Ballet plans to bring many more high quality programs to the area.

North Ballet Academy’s next performance will be “The Nutcracker” in December.

“As our students continue maturing in their skills and passion for ballet, it’s our mission to provide accessible ballet for the community,” Kocinski said. “We want to continue growing the art of ballet for future generations.”

Children dancing the Australian Kangaroo Hop (choreographed by Kyle Gerhert) (Photo by Rachel Martin)
Hannah Martin, 15, of St. Michael, danced the Pas De Quarte (original choreography by Anton Dolin, restaged by Stephanie Heston) (Photo by Rachel Martin)


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