Dance company to perform ‘Colors’

By on April 27, 2016

The Laurel Dance Company will present Music & Motion “Colors” Saturday, April 30, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

“Colors” will showcase at least 20 vocalists, musicians, and dancers from across the Susquehanna Valley in 18 different numbers. It will be performed at the Ephrata Main Theatre.

The styles of dances that will be performed are tap, jazz/funk, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, modern and Bollywood. A duet of an Irish hard shoe piece will also be included. Jr. Company members will perform a jazz piece and the finale will be a full company, rainbow-colored, Broadway song and dance number. Interspersed between dance numbers will be five vocalists, a pianist and a trombonist. Student performers will range in ages between 10 and 18-years-old and a few adults will be lending their talents on stage also. Working behind the scenes will be several parents and other family members of the performers, along with Laurel Dance Company board members.

Each piece will be representing a color either in the title, lyrics, or the interpretation of the song. For example, the trombonist is performing “Yellow Submarine” and “Little Brown Jug” and a vocalist is performing “Blue” written and performed by Beyonce. The Irish dance is represented by Green and Gold, which are the colors of the dancers’ costumes and traditional colors associated with Ireland. White is the color of a ballet piece from “Les Sylphides.” “Les Sylphides” is a ballet blanc, French for ‘white ballet.’ In a ballet blanc, the principal ballerina and the female corps all wear white dresses or tutus and typically portray supernatural creatures or spirits such as ghosts, enchanted maidens, and fairies. In the case of “Les Sylphides,” the ballerinas will portray “Sylphs;” tiny, fairy-like creatures.

 

Junior Company members Brianna Sibbett (left) and Maille McNicholas

Junior Company members Brianna Sibbett (left) and Maille McNicholas

 

Artistic Directors L. Travis Love and Jacqueline Friday choreographed the majority of the dance pieces. Love and Friday are co-owners of and teachers at Footprints Performing Arts Studio, located at 514 E. Main St., Ephrata. They are also members of the Board for Laurel Dance Company. Paula Sauder, the musical director, has been overseeing rehearsals for the vocal and instrumental performers, along with several other preparations for this production. Sauder is a local piano teacher and vice president of the board of directors for Laurel Dance Company.

Tickets for the showcase may be purchased by searching “Laurel Dance Company” at showtix4u.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the days of the performances or at the Footprints Studio April 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cash and check will be accepted at the doors and studio. If wishing to purchase tickets through a credit card, they must be purchased online at the showtix4u website. Tickets are discounted for students (up to age 18) and senior citizens (starting at age 65).

For questions, email laureldancecompany@yahoo.com.

The Ephrata Main Theatre is located at 124 East Main Street, Ephrata.

 

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