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BWR releases 2 online performances

Dancers to feature work conceived by school’s director

Ballet Western Reserve will present two programs online this weekend.

The mid-winter performances will feature dancers from BWR’s company and school in “A Classical Gala” at premiering at 7 p.m. Saturday and a young dancer showcase called “PANDEMonIumCreates” will premiere at 3 p.m. Sunday.

BWR company members will present three selections from the classical canon: “The Awakening of the Flora” and “Odalisque Pas de Trois” from “Le Corsaire” and the Jules Perrot ballet-short “Pas de Quatre”

According to artistic director Cate Greyjoy, “‘A Classical Gala’ is an opportunity for our ballet students to explore the most treasured scenes from ballet’s rich history and imbue them with fresh interpretation to share with modern audiences”

Advanced noncompany dancers also will premiere a new work by Danielle Perrotta, BWR school director.

The lower-level classes will present a mixed genre performance on Sunday.

Children’s dance program coordinator Mandi Feti came up with the theme “PANDEMonIumCreates.”

“Our youngest dancers will highlight the positive experiences we’ve encountered over the past year,” Feti said. “Colorful costumes and hilarious subject matter will delight our at-home audience.”

The virtual performances will debut on Ballet Western Reserve’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at no cost to viewers.

“We have been so blessed with support from the Ohio Arts Council, local foundations and private donors,” said Katie Merrill, BWR executive director. “This year, we’ve decided to forgo ticket costs and allow the Mahoning Valley to experience what our dancers have been working on during these ever-changing times we are currently facing.”

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