Ballet Theatre of Dover will present its annual Classics and More performances at 7 p.m., Saturday May 18, and 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at the In-Studio Theatre.
Vibrant buoyancy, precise footwork and floating breadth of movement are hallmark characteristics of the famed Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville's choreography. Featured dances are from the ballet "Napoli" and the "Flower Festival at Genzano." The ballet ends with a tarantella, a dance made famous for depicting the effects of a bite by the dreaded tarantula spider. Several dances in the ballet are performed as trios, sextets and solos.
Guest artist Justin Koertgen will perform the famed "Flower Festival at Genzano" pas de deux. Koertgen danced with The Joffrey Ballet and Dayton Ballet and danced leads in the ballets “Dracula,” “Hamlet" and "The Who’s Tommy” in addition to the standard classical staples of "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker."
“Ruminations,” a suite of contemporary dances, will feature multifaceted exploration of poetry, lyrics and human relationships to the music of Florence & the Machine, Imogen Heap and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Ballet Theatre of Dover is the performing company of the Dance Conservatory. Students of the Dance Conservatory have performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, among others, and also with Broadway shows and touring companies. Renowned American ballerina Gelsey Kirkland and Russian legend Irina Kolpakova have coached conservatory students in classical roles in the past.
Tickets for the show are $10/reserved seating, $8/open seating and students. Tickets are available at the door and at Dance Conservatory at 302-734-9717. Visit facebook.com/dancebtd.