Cartersville City Ballet to present 'A Dance Kaleidoscope'
by Marie Nesmith
Mar 26, 2012 | 1889 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Margot Harris, from left, Sara Whitener, Cara Collier and Rosie White will perform the tap selection titled “Swing Into Spring” in Saturday’s “A Dance Kaleidoscope.”
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Margot Harris, from left, Sara Whitener, Cara Collier and Rosie White will perform the tap selection titled “Swing Into Spring” in Saturday’s “A Dance Kaleidoscope.” SPECIAL
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In "A Dance Kaleidoscope," a cornucopia of dance and musical styles will grace the Cartersville stage on Saturday.

To be presented by Cartersville City Ballet, the production will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Theatre, 7 N. Wall St.

"You think of looking at a kaleidoscope and its many colors, so [in] this particular production there are many different styles of dance that we present as well as we invite guests to perform with us," said Cartersville City Ballet Artistic Director Terri Kayser, about the title of the performance. "So for example, you're going to see tap, jazz, contemporary styles of dance. One of our guest artists is Woodland High School's C.A.T.S. ensemble. So theirs is going to involve a lot of singing and movement as well."

Saturday's production will feature a total of nearly 100 performers, including 40 dancers from the Cartersville City Ballet. Along with Woodland High's C.A.T.S., "A Dance Kaleidoscope" also will highlight the talents of musicians Sam Holladay and Maggie Smith as well as the jazz dance company, About Face Atlanta.

"I'm performing a song and some of the dancers are going to be dancing to the live music," said Smith, an Atlanta resident who graduated from Cartersville High School in 2004. "It's called 'Sky's Lullaby' and it's a song that I wrote for my niece when she was first born. The song is very much a folk song. It's acoustic, it's on a guitar. So it's kind of simple.

"I'm really excited to [have] dancers [perform] to live music. As a performer, you just don't get that combination a lot because it's kind of tricky with timing. So it's going to be something completely different. There's a magic to having live music versus having a track. So it's just going to be a very interesting combination."

For Kayser, "A Dance Kaleidoscope" presents a fun opportunity to showcase the dancers' wide range of skills.

"It's exciting for the choreographers as well as the dancers because it can show a lot of diversity in the strengths of the Cartersville City Ballet," Kayser said. "You hear the term ballet and you think only classical ballet where these dancers train in many styles of dance. So this is our opportunity to share that with our audience. ... I think this production is definitely an event that's appropriate for the entire family.

"I feel that people when they see this it will make them feel good. I feel like when you see a production like this you wish you were up on stage involved as well. It's a lot of music but I think the music is diverse, and I think there's just something for everyone in this production."

Tickets for "A Dance Kaleidoscope" cost $12 for adults and $10 for students. For more information or to obtain tickets in advance, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre ticket office Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.