The Ballet Theatre of Dover will hold its annual annual Classics and More performances at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 18, and 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at the In-Studio Theatre at Tudor Park, off South Little Creek Road in Dover.
Styles from classical ballet to contemporary offer a performance that will satisfy many tastes. “Paquita,” with music by ballet composer Ludwig Minkus, is full of Spanish-themed melodies. The technical difficulties of the piece are heightened by Spanish motifs and flair. This is a piece performed annually at the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a showcase for its graduating students. This school counts among its alumni the likes of Baryshnikov, Nureyev, Makarova, Nijinsky and George Balanchine.
“Kosmos” is the Greek word for “order of the universe,” according to Greek philosopher Pythagoras. The ballet is based on the existence of the elements of air, water, earth and fire, without which life would not be posssible.
Leading the cast for “Paquita” are 16-year-old Phoenix Riehl, and 17-year-old Joanna Loux. Both will be partnered by guest male dancer Andrew Matte from the First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware's professional company based in Wilmington. Other dancers featured in the ballet are Naya Gonzalez, Ryan Smallwood, Morgan Dudai, Gracie Jordan, Josephine Sexton, Hannah Nagyiski and Emmie Huber.
Ballet Theatre of Dover is the performing company of the Dance Conservatory.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door and an hour before the show.
For more information, call 302–734–9717 or go to www.dancebtd.com.