Cartersville City Ballet prepares for ‘A Dance Kaleidescope’
by Matt Shinall
Mar 19, 2013 | 789 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This weekend, dancers with the Cartersville City Ballet will take the stage with performers from across the state for their annual production of “A Dance Kaleidescope.”

The eclectic show is a mash-up of varying dance styles in a display of talent and creativity, with some of Bartow County’s finest young dancers putting their skills to the test.

“It’s exciting to produce this kind of performance because it gives the audience an eclectic style of dance,” said Cartersville City Ballet Artistic Director Terri Kayser. “You’re going to see everything from classical ballet to contemporary to tap to hip-hop to modern styles of dance and it’s the same way with the music. It’s pretty much every genre of music; we have country and techno to a classical piece by Bach and we even have some Michael Jackson.

“At Cartersville City Ballet, there’s 32 dancers as a part of that company. Then we have Decatur City Dance coming, we have Junior Rhythm Keepers coming and we have the CATs Ensemble from Woodland High School. So, if you add those folks in, you’ve probably got another 50 people.”

In addition to a host of dancers, “A Dance Kaleidescope” will feature live performances from area musicians. Dancers will be accompanied by violinist Lisa Morrison, singer/guitarist Kevin Llarena and singer/pianist Ann Harper.

“For the past several years, we’ve been lucky enough to involve artists that will come in and perform live. This year we have three performers, and in all three situations, they will perform a solo piece. And then different parts of our Cartersville City Ballet company will be dancing to each one of those solo artists,” Kayser said. “It’s exciting for dancers to be able to perform to live music. If you’re a huge ballet company, you might have a symphony or an orchestra but smaller companies don’t usually have that luxury. So we’re very excited to have these artists come work with us.”

The mixture of dance styles performed at “A Dance Kaleidescope” is not only for the benefit of audience members, but also the dancers performing. Kayser explained how the ability to perform various styles of dance will help many of her students in college and beyond.

“I think they really enjoy getting to do this performance,” Kayser said. “We come off working in the fall, which, of course, involves a lot of eclectic styles of dance, but from August through December, we spend a lot of our time working on the classical ballet ‘The Nutcracker.’ So to be able to start in January working on different styles of pieces from jazz to contemporary, I think it gives them a well-rounded way of performing. They get the experience of performing all styles of dance, which is great because in our present day dancers are not just one style of dancer, they have to be all styles of dance. They have to be capable of performing classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap. It’s like any job, the more skills you have the better.

“We have dancers that continue after high school, we have those that major in dance after college and we have those that choose to continue their dance careers, so it prepares them more if they have been trained and had the opportunity to perform in multiple styles of dance.”

“A Dance Kaleidescope” will be performed twice Saturday, March 23, at The Grand Theatre. The first performance will take place at 2:30 p.m. and the second will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from The Grand Theatre ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, during office hours — Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m. The ticket office also will open one hour before each show. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information, visit www.thegrandtheatre.org or call 770-386-7343.