It’s more than tradition. It is the Spring Festival of Dance: A Dance Variety Extravaganza. The festival, presented by Charlotte Blume, will be on stage at the Crown Center Theatre on Sunday, June 2. The festival has been performed at the Crown Theatre since the 1980s when it was still named the Cumberland County Civic Auditorium, which was founded in 1967.
Two-hundred dancers of all ages will perform in a variety of dance styles from the cutest to the sublime. It is a bonanza of classical ballet, rhythm and Broadway tap dance, contemporary, jazz dance, Hip Hop and dances for Tiny Tots, the crowd-pleasing pre-school children. All dancers will take the stage with poise and polish, according to Blume.
The audience will see a progression of skills throughout the show as the dances for children evolve into the beauty of classical ballet. The featured classic ballets this year are, excerpts from “Les Sylphides,” with music by Chopin and “Jupiter” from the Planets by composer Holst.
The soloists in “Les Sylphides” are Jane Violette as the “Waltz Girl”, Mary Maxton Fowler, Megan Still, Ashley Watters and Deprecia Simpson. Brandon Scott dances the “Poet.” Both Simpson and Watters will solo in “Jupiter.”
Excerpts from “Les Sylphides” are performed with traditional choreography by Fokine, and set by Charlotte Blume. Fokine’s choreography for “Les Sylphides” was ﬁrst danced in Paris in 1909 by the Russian Ballet. Fokine staged it for the American Ballet Theatre in 1940 and the lyrical ballet remains in its repertoire.
“Jupiter,” a section of Holst’s The Planets was choreographed by Wei Ni. Wei Ni is the assistant director of the North Carolina State Ballet Company. The Spring Festival of Dance is an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Tickets are $9 at the Crown Center Box Ofﬁce or online through ticketmaster.com. The curtain will come up at 2:30 p.m.
Photo: The audience will see a progression of skills throughout the show as the dances for children evolve into the beauty of classical ballet.