Ballet Academy plans to take audience ‘Over the Rainbow’ |

Ballet Academy plans to take audience ‘Over the Rainbow’

In a ballet adapted from the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” Nevada City Ballet Academy presents “Over the Rainbow” that features 25 students ranging in age from 5 to 18.

Director of the academy, Krista Pagan, said, “Choosing the music was so much fun. Once I heard certain songs, I immediately began to see the dancers dancing in my head, and I knew that they were the songs I had to use.”

A locally trained dancer, Pagan works her students hard, saying many students train twice a week and take more than five hours of ballet and pointe training per week. Some even dance in the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance Program, as well.

“They’re busy girls, but you can see that they love what they are doing, and that makes it all worthwhile,” says Pagan as she points to two students, Lauren O’Connor (playing the Wicked Witch of the West) and Audrey Gravenstein (playing Dorothy), who have been accepted to the California State Summer School for the Arts, where they will receive intense training in various forms of dance during the summer.

The recital is Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, Nevada Union High School, on Ridge Road in Grass Valley. Purchase tickets – $10 for adults and $8 for children under 10 – at the studio at 540 Searls Ave., Nevada City (Wednesday/Friday, 3-6 p.m.) or at the door. Contact Pagan at 265-6892, or online at http://www.ncba.zoom for information about the recital and summer classses, beginning July 2.

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