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The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Here were tutus and tiaras and the whole nine yards — make that 900 yards, more likely, of satin and tulle. But the pleasure of “Rhapsodic Dances,” created by Sasha Janes for North Carolina Dance Theatre, went beyond its vibrant costumes and luxurious candle-glow lighting. This work didn’t lampoon ballet or yank it out of shape. With a sure, firm hand and knowing wit, Janes infused classical technique with brisk energy to evoke ballroom glamour and romances both smoldering and overheated.
Performing resident choreographer Robert Garland's 13-year-old "Return" to the feel-good music of James Brown and Aretha Franklin, DTH easily stole the limelight from North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ballet Austin, the other companies on the final bill of this ballet sampler, in which the Sarasota Ballet also participated.