Alice in Wonderland keeps La Crosse ballet legacy alive

Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska is getting dancers ready for Ballet La Crosse’s fall show: “Alice in Wonderland”.

More than 70 dancers will be the taking the stage for three shows the weekend of November 24 th at the Weber Center for The Performing Arts. Two shows are on Saturday November 24 th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The final show is Sunday November 25 th at 2:00 p.m.

The creator of Ballet La Crosse, Kennnet Oberly, died from A.L.S. almost three years ago, and Alice and Wonderland is the last professional production he choreographed.

Larissa Oberly teaches students in the show and is Kennet Oberly’s widow

“Basically we didn’t change a thing, just a little bit here and there because they are students. They are not professional dancers. But they swallowed it with such a joy, and that brings me joy,” said Larissa Oberly.

A pre-professional student of Larissa Oberly and a soloist in Alice in Wonderland, Anna Rautiola, trains for nearly two hours, six days a week. She says she enjoys perfecting her craft and performing.

“It just brings me smiles when I come offstage and know that I could help someone in the audience see a bright light in the future,” said Rautiola.

You can find tickets for Alice in Wonderland at www.balletlacrosse.com/tickets.