North Ballet to present ‘Once Upon a Time’ at Zabee on Saturday

Jacob Walters (Coon Rapids) and Natalie Belz (Elk River) dance in the Garland Waltz from "Sleeping Beauty," with background Talia Egge, Lydia Egge, and Elise Durre, an original creation of Breanna Dvorak, artist director. (Photo by Stephanie Larson)

Jacob Walters (Coon Rapids) and Natalie Belz (Elk River) dance in the Garland Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty,” with  Talia Egge, Lydia Egge, and Elise Durre, in the background. This scene is an original creation of Breanna Dvorak, artist director. (Photo by Stephanie Larson)

 

North Ballet of Rogers will present the fairy tail-based “Once Upon A Time” on Saturday along with other features at Zabee Theatre at Elk River High School.

The performances featuring over 100 students will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Ava Belz from Elk River will be a part of the corps presenting the repertoire of "Paquita." (Photo by Stephanie Larson)

Ava Belz from Elk River will be a part of the corps presenting the repertoire of “Paquita.” (Photo by Stephanie Larson)

Breanna Dvorak, North Ballet’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy-trained artistic director, chose a ballet featuring familiar fairy tales from the ballet world and from children’s books. “Once Upon a Time” will be Act 2 of the show.

“This is a first for our community, and for our students,” said Katie Kocinski, North Ballet owner.

Act 1 will be a discussion and demonstration entitled “The Creation of a Dancer.”
The conclusion will consist of the repertoire of “Paquita” along with original piece by Allison Clawson of Princeton called “Bring Him Home.” Clawson portrays the wife of an American soldier.

“Her piece is above excellent,” said Kocinski. “She tugs at the emotional strings of all watching her dance. She tells a story that many of us can relate to.”

North Ballet has several summer events.

Last Saturday, they held their annual choreography presentation and award ceremony. A featured performer was Clawson.

North Ballet will present pieces from “Paquita” at ArtSoup in Elk River next Saturday, June 15.

North Ballet Youth Company will participate in the Maple Grove Days parade July 11, featuring Mother Ginger from the Nutcracker, a stilt-walking character.

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