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ABT Studio Company — Rocks !   😊

Palm Desert, California — March 22

12 Dancers, ages 16-21

The evening could be described as — Shapes and Moves — High Class and Excitement

A very fine evening of excellent artistry and talent. It started with George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto (Pas de Deux) and then, with the exception of Raymonda (Suite), moved Contemporary with works by Daniel Ulbricht, Gemma Bond, Houston Thomas, Aleisha Walker and Hope Boykin.

Houston Thomas’ work is described as “….the expression and expansion of the classical ballet language. The ballet explores the full extent of classical ballet technique while finding new approaches to steps we already know. Movements, positions and rules are either followed or broken, steps are stretched or expanded.” Someone much more familiar with ballet technique than I am would probably have a lot of fun with this. One thing that I thought that I saw was a spin in fifth foot position. Actually there seemed to be a lot of similar excitement and interest throughout all the works (Raymonda, also very good, excepted).

An evening of very fine dance agility and prowess. A lot of new, emerging and exciting talent. I really enjoyed it. So did the rest of the audience.     

Edited by Buddy
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The Studio Company is indeed, loaded with talent .  They don't get the credit they deserve for the exceptional promise displayed by their dancers nor the inventiveness of some of the  choreography performed. 

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