Pineapple Poll: Amherst Ballet and the Valley Light Opera (June 2015)
The 2014/15 Season brought the first ever collaboration between Amherst Ballet (founded 1971) and the Valley Light Opera (founded 1975). The two venerable Pioneer Valley arts organizations joined forces to present Pineapple Poll based on the John Cranko ballet with music by Sir Charles Mackerras assembled from a variety of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. This project was the brainchild of one of VLO’s founders, Bill Venman. Under his able baton, with choreography provided by Amherst Ballet director Sueann Townsend, sets provided by VLO, and costumes sourced from both Amherst Ballet and VLO (with additions and adjustments by Gabrielle Engel) the VLO Orchestra and Amherst Ballet dancers delighted all in attendance at the Academy of Music in Northampton.
Both organizations are looking forward to the next collaborative opportunity!
YAGP 2014: AB dancers take the stage! (February 2014)
AB dancers are competing in this year’s Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competition, continuing a practice begun in 2009. Preparation for the competition began in September with each dancer selecting a classical ballet variation and a contemporary solo with original choreography.
Director Sueann Townsend encourages the participants to think of the competition as a process whereby a dancer learns a solo and learns how to learn a solo which includes not only the technical demands of the choreography but also character creation, subtext, and projection. This year Adele Fisk and Elizabeth Ortiz will be going to YAGP. Adele is performing a variation from La Bayadere and Elizabeth is performing a Giselle variation. They are both performing contemporary solos.
It’s a tradition for AB students to attend as audience members to cheer on their compatriots and with this year’s regional contest farther away in Providence, Rhode Island, our dancers’ commitment to each other will really be shown. For more information on the New England regional competition, go to www.yagp.org.
Thank you to Valley Tech Outreach for the new computer (June 2013)
Mary Ann’s Dance and More window display (May 2013)
Spring Fling Fundraiser (April 2013)
Equipment donated by the Give Back Yoga Foundation
Brick Patio Phase 1 (November 2012)
40th Anniversary Reunion, (August 2012)
Downtown Storefront Classes (Spring 2012)
40th Anniversary Events
Pointe Shoe Decorating/Scavenger Hunt (Spring 2012)
ZANNA Costume Exhibit