Nevada Union’s Theatrical Dance troupe take on The Great White Way
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WHAT: Nevada Union High School’s Theatrical Dance program presents “On Broadway” WHERE: Nevada Union’s Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Road, Nevada City WHEN: April 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m., April 28 at 2:00 p.m., and May 3 and 4 at 7:00 p.m TICKETS: Tickets for the show are $12 to $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadauniondance.com.
Nevada Union High School’s Theatrical Dance program presents “On Broadway” April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., April 28 at 2 p.m., and May 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theatre in Nevada City.
Over 100 Nevada Union dance students from advanced, intermediate and beginning level classes perform a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, ballet and modern/contemporary. Each dance is inspired by a famous show on Broadway, such as “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mamma Mia,” and more. For the past four months, the dance students have trained daily in technique classes and attended after-school enrichment classes as well as several weekend rehearsals to prepare for these shows.
The dancers worked with multiple professional dance choreographers from across the country to rehearse pieces for this show. The opening piece, titled “Behind The Chorus Line,” tells the story of dancers auditioning for Broadway shows. It was choreographed by New York City professional dancer Jesse Beck, who taught ballet master classes to nearly 150 Nevada Union dance students. Advanced dancers learned “Magic To Do” from “Pippin” during a weekend rehearsal with Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman. Guest choreographer Karen Attix, a professional dancer from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, worked with intermediate and advanced dancers on a piece inspired by the hit new musical, “Hamilton.”
Nevada Union dance alum Jackson Knappen traveled from Seattle to teach contemporary dance and floorwork to the students. He choreographed a piece to “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserablés.”
There is one student choreographed piece in the show, created by senior Nevada Wadman, who taught a dance class two days per week to sixteen special education students, who will perform a scene from “Newsies.”
Tickets for the show are $12 to $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.nevadauniondance.com.
Tickets can also be purchased in the Don Baggett Theater lobby on Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on show nights at the box office. The box office opens two hours before each performance. Online ticket sales close the morning of the performance to prepare the box office. In-person sales are cash or check only. For additional information, contact the Nevada Union Dance Department at 530-273-4431 ext. 2103.
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