At the Point. Point Park University’s International Summerdance was rolling merrily along according to its final performance series, which had as strong a dance contingent as I’ve seen over the years. The choreographers provided a whole rainbow of dances, from Scott Romani’s Steal Your Rock ‘n roll to Kathleen Reilly-Reau’s Les Fleurs, where some of the “flowers” were sporting braces. Kiesha Lalama provided an African-layered number that unfolded like a Rubix cube — she’s so mathematical. And nothing was what it seemed in David Storey’s BUT Seriously, Though, where sounds of screams mutated into clown noses — really! At the end, Kiki Lucas transcended the decades, starting with the forties, in the powerfully effective Zap. Photographer Drew Yenchak provides some insight in this slideshow:
PBTs Diplomatic Relations. I paid a visit to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Summer Intensive a short time ago and had a chance to talk with a delightful contingent of students from Japan who know a heckuva lot more English than I do Japanese. But more on that later as I work on a story about Japan’s passion for ballet.
Following in Some Big Footsteps. It looks like Ryan Lenkey had a great time making his debut with the New York City Ballet at Saratoga Springs, New York, in the mandolin dance from Peter Martins’ Romeo and Juliet. Since he studies at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, he was thrilled to work with former PYB member and former NYCB principal dancer Stephen Hanna, who donated his time to work on the mandolin dance with Ryan, and NYCB principal and young guest artist with PYB Daniel Ulbricht, who played Mercutio in the production.