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Ballet La Crosse presents An Evening of Ballet

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Ballet La Crosse presents "An Evening of Ballet" at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 28.

The performance will feature a variety of ballet styles with music from around the world, beginning with "The Firebird," a Russian ballet that tells a story of love and loss, composed by Igor Stravinsky.

Four additional, shorter pieces follow, including “Clair de Lune,” a neoclassical French ballet; “Ten Strings,” an American contemporary ballet; and two Bournonville-style dances including “Polka,” based on a Hans Christian Andersen story that takes place in London, and “Les Irresistibles,” a Scandinavian celebration of 12 strong Viking women.

“Les Irresistibles” and “Polka” were reconstructed by Ballet La Crosse’s late artistic director, Kennet Oberly. Throughout his career, Oberly was drawn to August Bournonville’s Danish technique and training system. The Bournonville method is known for contrasting quick footwork with supple, natural arm movements that make the style appear effortless.

Twenty local dancers, whom are in pre-professional training or are already professional dancers, will be featured in "An Evening of Ballet" Wednesday night. The artistic team includes as Larissa Oberly, a former principal dancer with the Estonian National Ballet and Kennet Oberly’s widow, as artistic advisor and ballet mistress; along with Amanda Schams, also a former professional ballet dancer, Alex Meier and Dennis Williams.

Ballet La Crosse is a creation of Misty Lown, who owns Misty’s Dance Unlimited and the More
Than Just Great Dancing studio affiliation program among other businesses. It was founded in
2013 to provide a new venue for area youth to explore and develop in the classical arts and
offer training that mirrors that of the professional world.

Ballet La Crosse will perform “An Evening of Ballet” on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the
Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets run $22 for orchestra seats, $18 for balcony and
$5 for children 18 and under. They can be purchased at the Weber Center Box Office in person,
by phone (608) 784-9252 or online at webercenterfortheperformingarts.com.


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