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TAOS YOUTH BAL­LET DANCES FOR THE TREES

An orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion from Taos Youth Bal­let blends its na­tion­ally renowned pro­fes­sional teach­ing staff with lo­cal youth dancers for an imag­i­na­tive, fam­ily- friendly pro­duc­tion. The pro­duc­tion is in­spired by Dr. Seuss’s clas­sic tale, “The Lo­rax.” Per­for­mances are planned May 4 at 6: 30 p. m. and May 5 at 1: 30 p. m. and 6: 30 p. m. at the Taos Com­mu­nity Au­di­to­rium, 145 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte. Tick­ets are $ 12, $ 8 for chil­dren and se­niors. This will mark the 13th sea­son of the youth bal­let’s an­nual pro­duc­tions. “The Lo­rax” will fea­ture more than 250 dancers and is a blend of the­ater, pup­petry, vo­cal per­for­mance and, of course, dance, cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal fam­ily friendly per­for­mance.

“The an­nual school- wide per­for­mance is one of the most an­tic­i­pated events for TYB stu­dents,” di­rec­tor Am­ber Vasquez said in a pre­pared state­ment.

“They are al­ready ask­ing me what we are per­form­ing next year, and I keep telling them, let’s just get through this year first.”

The youngest dancer is 2 years old from the tod­dler dance class and the old­est is an 82- year- old mem­ber of TYB’s Sil­ver Slip­per dance class, a class for dancers 60 and over.

Karen Thi­bodeau, di­rec­tor of Taos Chil­dren’s The­ater will be lend­ing her in­cred­i­ble shadow pup­petry skills. Com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tions with Twirl Toy­s­tore’s tod­dler dance class as well. Lo­cal artists and pho­tog­ra­phers will help bring the story to life.

Taos Youth Bal­let is a bal­let com­pany ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the art of clas­si­cal bal­let, em­pow­er­ing youth through the art of dance, and ex­pos­ing as­pir­ing young dancers to high­qual­ity pro­duc­tions for Taos and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Taos Youth Bal­let is cre­ated on the rich foun­da­tion orig­i­nated by Bette Winslow.

Taos Youth Bal­let has cre­ated the Bette Winslow Schol­ar­ship fund to rec­og­nize Winslow’s be­liefs that any child should have the op­por­tu­nity to dance. In recog­ni­tion of this be­lief, the teach­ing staff strives to teach ev­ery child with equal re­spect and at­ten­tion in an ef­fort to bring out the best re­sults of each in­di­vid­ual dancer.

For ticket in­for­ma­tion, visit tcataos. org or call the box of­fice at ( 575) 758- 2052.

TAOS HIGH TO PRESENT STU­DENT ONE-ACTS

The Taos High School drama pro­gram will be pre­sent­ing its an­nual stu­dent- di­rected one act plays May 4- 5, and May 11- 12 at 7 p. m. in the Taos High Lit­tle The­atre, 134 Cer­vantes Street. “This show presents an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to

COUR­TESY PHOTO

TAOS YOUTH BAL­LET’S Ade­laide Driver will be danc­ing in “The Lo­rax.”

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