At­lantic Dance Academy will stage Bal­let Gala at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall

Dancers will per­form ex­cerpts from clas­si­cal bal­let Paquita

The Amherst News - - NEWS - By Katie Tower Sackville Tri­bune-Post

Tal­ented young dancers from Cum­ber­land County and the Tantra­mar re­gion are get­ting set to hit the stage at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall once again this year – but this time, their show will look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

The At­lantic Dance Academy is break­ing with tra­di­tion this year and will move away from their an­nual Nutcracker pro­duc­tion to present a ‘Bal­let Gala’ that will put some ex­cep­tional clas­si­cal bal­let and con­tem­po­rary dance on dis­play.

Dina Leisch, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the At­lantic Dance Academy (ADA), said the Nutcracker pro­duc­tion has proven to be ex­tremely suc­cess­ful for the stu­dio for the past decade but she felt it was sim­ply time to move on to some­thing else. Her dancers, many of whom have trained with Leisch for eight or nine years or more, were ready to take on a new chal­lenge, she said, and she was con­fi­dent they were up for the task.

“Ev­ery year they are mak­ing progress,” said Leisch. “They are danc­ing bet­ter now that at any other time . . . so we wanted to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, to The At­lantic Dance Academy is break­ing with tra­di­tion this year and will move away from their an­nual Nutcracker pro­duc­tion to present a “Bal­let Gala” on Dec. 10 at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall that will put some ex­cep­tional clas­si­cal bal­let and con­tem­po­rary dance on dis­play.

show they can do more.”

The Con­vo­ca­tion Hall per­for­mance, com­ing up on Dec. 10, will be At­lantic Dance Academy’s sec­ond show­ing of the Bal­let Gala, which was first per­formed at the Capi­tol Theatre in Moncton on Nov. 5.

Leisch said the Capi­tol Theatre per­for­mance was a hit, with au­di­ence mem­bers rav­ing about the show and the dancers fol­low­ing the fi­nal cur­tain call.

“They ab­so­lutely amazed,” said Leisch. “They did a re­ally won­der­ful

job.”

The first part of the show fea­tures scenes from Paquita Grand Pas, a fa­mous clas­si­cal bal­let. Orig­i­nally chore­ographed by Joseph Maziliera and first per­formed in 1846, Paquita has since been staged by bal­let com­pa­nies through­out the world

Leisch said this will be a real treat for tra­di­tional clas­si­cal bal­let en­thu­si­asts. She pointed out that her se­nior dancers, who train four times a week at her stu­dio, punch way above their

weight when it comes to per­form­ing clas­si­cal bal­let and mas­ter­ing the tech­nique of clas­si­cal bal­let.

“They are re­ally well trained and ready to per­form at that level,” she said. “It’s ab­so­lutely worth it to come and watch.”

The sec­ond part of the show will con­sist of var­i­ous clas­si­cal bal­let pieces, con­tem­po­rary num­bers and char­ac­ter dances, per­formed by dancers ages eight and up.

Leisch said this half of the show is “so beau­ti­ful to watch” and also re­ceived great feed­back from those in at­ten­dance at the Capi­tol Theatre.

“Some peo­ple cried . . . they ab­so­lutely loved it. It was so touch­ing, so emo­tional.”

ADA is a dance school in Amherst and was founded by Dina Leisch and Hel­mut Becker in 2005. Leisch is a grad­u­ate of the Bol­shoi Bal­let in Moscow and danced for many years at var­i­ous bal­let com­pa­nies. Af­ter her ca­reer as a dancer, she at­tended GITIS, the Rus­sian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow, where she grad­u­ated as a pro­fes­sional Bal­let Mistress and chore­og­ra­pher. She worked at the Vi­enna State Opera Bal­let school and also went on to work in Ja­pan, Ger­many and Rus­sia. Af­ter im­mi­grat­ing to Canada in 2002, Dina worked at Danceast in Moncton and was in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of sev­eral Nutcracker per­for­mances at the Capi­tol Theatre.

ADA cur­rently has about 75 stu­dents, rang­ing in ages and com­ing from var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion, in­clud­ing Sackville and Port El­gin.

The Bal­let Gala will be held at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall in Sackville on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door, or in ad­vance at the stu­dio or by call­ing 506 224-0314 or 902 660-3550.

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